Public health strategies for preventing non melanoma skin cancers
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Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers (NMSC) are the most common cancers in the world. Australia has the highest rates of NMSC in the world. NMSC have a low mortality rate, however they are one of the most costly cancers to treat. One of the biggest risk factors for the development of NMSC is ultra-violet radiation exposure. Preventative strategies focus on minimizing sun exposure. Successful prevention strategies need to be socio-culturally acceptable to the target demographic. Strategies should focus on each primary-school aged children, adolescents, working-age and retirement-age subpopulations. This article discusses potential strategies to prevent non-melanoma skin cancers in each subgroup.
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