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AMA Adopts New Policies During Final Day of Annual Meeting
Date:6/15/2010

rs has risen to rates comparable among whites. Hispanics and African Americans are screened less frequently for skin cancer and mistakenly believe that their chance for developing skin cancer is lower compared to Caucasians. Today, the AMA passed policy to support and encourage efforts to increase awareness of skin cancer risks, skin cancer screening, and sun-protective behaviors in communities of color.

"All patients regardless of race or ethnicity should use the same sun protection measures including sunscreen of at least SPF 15, avoid the sun during peak hours and regular exams," said AMA Board Member Peter W. Carmel, M.D.  "However, African Americans and Hispanics are much less likely to practice these behaviors, and the AMA supports efforts to increase awareness."

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