Sunscreen Prevents Skin Cancer, Yet Doctors Rarely Recommend It

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Nope. The American Academy of Dermatology , the American Academy of Pediatrics , the American College of Gynecologists and the American Academy of Family Physicians all advise their members to counsel patients on protecting themselves from the sun. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society also endorse the practice. And yet, when researchers from the Center for Dermatology Research at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina examined data from the CDCs National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey , they found that dermatologists mentioned sunscreen in only 1.6% of patient visits. When seeing patients with skin cancer or a history of the disease, sunscreen came up only 11.2% of the time. And dermatologists are the ones who are experts on keeping skin healthy. Family medicine doctors and general practitioners discussed sunscreen only 0.03% of the time; internal medicine doctors did so 0.01% of the time; and pediatricians did so 0.01% of the time. All other doctors advised sunscreen use in 0.002% of patient visits. One of the things that the researchers found most troubling was the fact that children (and their parents) were so rarely advised to use sunscreen. When they analyzed the data by age group, the researchers found that children under 10 were the least likely to be counseled about sunscreen use. Children and adolescents get the most sun exposure of any age group, as they tend to spend much of their time playing outdoors, the study authors noted in their report , published online Wednesday by JAMA Dermatology. Up to 80% of sun damage is thought to occur before age 21 years, and sunburns in childhood greatly increase the risk for future melanoma. Ironically, patients in their 70s were the most likely to discuss sunscreen with their doctors the topic came up in 21.8% of patient visits, the study found. Thats probably because patients in this age group often have visible signs of sun damage, the researchers found. For those of us who arent hearing it from our doctors, heres what the study authors recommend: * Avoid the sun and stay in the shade, particularly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Hexter, the school’s provost and executive vice chancellor. As a result of the investigation, Dr. Claire Pomeroy, dean of the university’s school of medicine, also resigned. She left her post last June. ‘I would do this for myself’ More from the AP: Muizelaar, who headed the university’s neurosurgery department, also left in June. Schrot plans to leave at the end of the month. The doctors told the Bee they weren’t trying to do unapproved research or create a treatment they could profit from. They said they only wanted to give their patients a last-ditch chance at survival, Muizelaar adding that the treatment had been suggested by a colleague. Said Muizelaar: “I was simply thinking that I could help patients . My whole medical practice is guided by actually only one principle, namely: What would I do for my mother, my son, myself?” Despite the patients’ giving their permission, two of the families sued. From the Bee: Two of the families later settled claims against the university for $150,000 and $675,000, creating a new tangle in the controversy that has raised complex questions about the nature of consent, what constitutes research – and how to safeguard vulnerable patients. The two doctors said that the internal investigations into their conduct were both biased and incomplete. “I lost confidence, if you will, in the ability of the university administration to fairly handle it,” Schrot told the paper. The California Department of Health has also piled on.

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