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June 17, 2022

Skin Cancer Becomes Prevalent Among Veterans

Veterans have recently been cited to be among the most vulnerable Americans to be diagnosed with skin cancer, specifically melanoma. Although data such as gender and ethnicity play a role in susceptibility of melanoma, veterans are also more likely to be exposed to UV sunlight due to their environment while in service. Veterans mainly train outdoors with little to no use of sunscreen. Although this cancer is becoming prominent in veterans, survival and remission odds have improved. The military has “better access to systemic treatments,” and physicians and dermatologists who treat veterans are becoming aware that veterans are a high-risk population for melanoma, thus encouraging high-risk screenings for cancer. Veterans are also encouraged to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with 30 SPF or higher and reduce sun exposure either through clothing or other protective methods.  

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