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Dermatology Education & Practice from NADNP

Skin Cancer Risk & Military Service

Published October 22, 2015 10:18 AM by Guest Blogger
By Dr. J. Michael Williamson, Lt Col, USAF, NC

Skin cancer is a risk for all persons. Within the military there is was found a higher incidence in melanoma in service members as compared to the general population.1 Service members are frequently required to work outside exposed to sunlight for long hours a day. 

Given the increased risk for melanoma nurse practitioners should consider extra focus on the increased risk for skin cancer for current service members and those who have served. "Skin Cancer Risk Factors and Preventative Behaviors among United States Military Veterans Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan" is a recent article that reinforces this need.2


  1. Zhou J, et al. Melanoma incidence rates among whites in the U.S. military. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2011;20(2):318-323. doi:10.1158/1055-9965
  2. Powers JG, et al. Skin cancer risk factors and preventative behaviors among United States military veterans deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 2015. doi:10.1038/jid.2015.238


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