MILLBROOK, N.Y., May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Faced with increasing rates of skin cancer among Americans, the National
"Every year, I see many patients who have questions about sun protection because of the many misperceptions related to sunscreen," said Dr. Darrell Rigel, MD, Clinical Professor of Dermatology at New York University Medical School and Society board member. "As medical professionals, we base our advice and recommendations on clinically proven science and research. The purpose of this survey was to determine the opinions on sunscreen safety and effectiveness from the experts who understand skin and sun protection best."
The survey results show overwhelming support from dermatologists for facts around sunscreens that are often times misinterpreted, including:
"Skin cancer rates are rapidly increasing with more than 350 cases diagnosed each hour. 1 in 5 Americans will get this cancer during their lifetime," said Dr. Rigel. "Making smart choices about sunscreen is one of the most important decisions people can make when it comes to preventing skin cancer. It's important that people have the best information to lower their skin cancer risk."
When choosing sunscreens this summer, the NSCM recommends you use the following strategies as you make choices about sun protection and skin cancer prevention:
Methodology:The survey instrument was validated and sent by email in April 2016 to practicing U.S. dermatologists using the same methodology as in recent published studies. Also, a contracted survey company was employed to assist in collecting and organizing responses in order to minimize error. The survey assessed each dermatologist's perception of sunscreen, recommendation factors, and personal and family usage. Data were analyzed using standard statistical methods with 95% confidence intervals.
About the National Society for Cutaneous Medicine:The National Society for Cutaneous Medicine is dedicated to education in dermatology by holding national conferences with top faculty to teach every aspect of dermatology including pediatric dermatology, medical dermatology, surgical dermatology, dermatologic oncology, cosmetic dermatology, and dermatopathology. The goals of the organization are to aid in the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the area of dermatology to medical professionals and interested members of the public, to support and encourage the best practice of dermatology through education and research, and to enhance public knowledge information of cutaneous disorders. The National Society for Cutaneous Medicine is recognized by the IRS as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
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SOURCE National Society for Cutaneous Medicine
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