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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

Chapter:
(p.378) 15 Skin Cancer
Source:
Textbook of Cancer Epidemiology
Author(s):

Adèle Green

Jolieke Van Der Pols

David Hunter

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311174.003.0015

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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