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Hans-Olov Adami, David Hunter, and Dimitrios Trichopoulos

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195311174

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311174.001.0001

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Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer

(p.378) 15 Skin Cancer
Textbook of Cancer Epidemiology

Adèle Green

Jolieke Van Der Pols

David Hunter

Oxford University Press

The predominant carcinogen for all three forms of skin cancer is ultraviolet radiation via sun exposure. Personal susceptibility factors include fair hair and skin, and a tendency to burn and not tan. In theory, skin cancers in fair-skinned people are substantially preventable by avoiding UV radiation exposure. Behavior modification programs have been remarkably successful in some countries, for instance the “Slip (on a shirt), Slap (on a hat), and Slop (on sunscreen)” campaign on Australia. In the coming decades, the extent to which these programs translate into a lower incidence of skin cancer will become apparent.

Keywords:   melanoma, squamous cell cancer, basal cell cancer, ultraviolet radiation, sun exposure

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