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Redefinition of Skin Cancer as a Chronic Disease

Adam Sutton, MD, MBA1; Ashley Crew, MD1; Ashley Wysong, MD, MS1
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1Department of Dermatology, Keck School of Medicine of USC (University of Southern California), Los Angeles
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(3):255-256. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.4215.
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This Viewpoint proposes redefining nonmelanoma skin cancer as a chronic disease.

Chronic diseases have profound associated morbidity and mortality. In addition to having a significant effect on a patient’s quality of life (QOL), they have substantial direct costs to our health care system and indirect costs to society. At present, all types of cancer except nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) are considered chronic diseases. The exclusion of NMSC as a chronic disease limits our ability to characterize NMSC and to optimize its management for patients.

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