A Complex Web of Factors Causes Climate Change to Increase the Risk and Burden of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is one of the most common diseases dermatologists deal with on a daily basis, and as global rates increase, it is clear that climate change is a contributory factor, said Eva R. Parker, MD, FAAD, assistant professor of dermatology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, during her session at the American Academy of Dermatology Virtual Meeting Experience.
Skin cancer is one of the most common diseases dermatologists deal with on a daily basis, and as rates increase, it is clear that climate change is a contributory factor, according to Eva R. Parker, MD, FAAD, assistant professor of dermatology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
During her session at the American Academy of Dermatology Virtual Meeting Experience, she highlighted the 3 main ways climate change and environmental effects are contributing to rising skin cancer rates: stratospheric ozone depletion, heat due to global warming, and air pollution.
The United States has more than 5 million cases of skin cancer annually, and there has been a steady upward trend in melanoma incidence. The trend also has been seen globally, especially among fair-skinned populations, with melanoma rates increasing 4% to 5% annually.
In the United States, skin cancer treatment costs top $8 billion annually. In addition to being a huge economic burden, the disease diminishes quality of life and carries with it notable morbidity, disability, and mortality, she said.
“I really don’t need to tell a group of dermatologists that the sun causes skin cancer, but it is noteworthy to remind the audience that UV [ultraviolet] is a complete carcinogen, meaning it causes mutations that lead to skin cancer without the need for additional promoters or initiators,” Parker explained.#globalwarming #climatechange #carboncompensation #bluesky #climateemergency #climatecrisis #blueskye #blueskyefoundation #compensate
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