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Sunscreen prevents skin cancer, yet doctors rarely recommend it

Sunscreen prevents skin cancer, yet doctors rarely recommend it

Has your doctor ever advised you to use sunscreen? Chances are, the answer is no. In fact, out of 18.3 billion doctor visits over nearly 21 years, sunscreen was recommended to patients only 12.83 million times, a new study finds. That works out to only 0.07% of visits. OK, you’re thinking, surely doctors did a better job when they were seeing patients for a skin-related disease like melanoma or actinic keratosis. And indeed, they were 12 times more likely to mention sunscreen to these patients. But that still added up to only 0.9% of doctor visits. That’s right – less than 1%. What’s going on here? Are doctors not aware that sunscreen protects people from UV...

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