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Portable Shade Structure Use at a Youth Soccer Camp

Sheila Krishna, MD1; Eric Ambrecht, PhD2,3; Ian A. Maher, MD1,2
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1Department of Dermatology, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond
2Department of Dermatology, St Louis University, St Louis, Missouri
3Center for Outcomes Research, St Louis University, St Louis, Missouri
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(9):1011-1012. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.10502.
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More than 3 million nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSCs) are diagnosed annually in the United States.1,2 The incidence of malignant melanoma (MM) has increased annually by 2.4%.3 Open field activities in youth are a major source of sun exposure, which leads to skin cancer later in life.46 Few studies exist on the use of shade structures in open field sports, particularly soccer. In this pilot study, we assess the rate of use of portable shade structures among soccer-playing youths.

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