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Skin Cancer: An Overview of Epidemiology and Risk Factors

Authors
Journal
Seminars in Oncology Nursing
0749-2081
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
29
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.soncn.2013.06.002
Keywords
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Cancer Epidemiology
  • Skin Cancer Clinical Presentation
  • Skin Cancer Risk Factors
  • Melanoma
  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine
  • Political Science

Abstract

Objectives To provide a general overview of malignant melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, with an emphasis on epidemiology, clinical presentation, and the multiple and varied risk factors associated with skin cancer. Data Sources Peer-reviewed journal articles, government health reports, book chapters, and Web-based resources. Conclusion Skin cancer is the most common carcinoma, affecting millions worldwide. Incidence is increasing yearly, making it a pre-eminent public health threat. Myriad factors increase the risk of skin cancer and may serve as important prognostic indicators for the disease. Implications for Nursing Practice To provide nurses with a clearer understanding of the causative mechanisms of skin cancer and an improved awareness of the risk factors associated with the disease.

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