Faculty: Maryellen Maguire-Eisen, RN, MSN
Release Date: 02/10/2015
Summary: The Dermatology Nurses' Association recognizes the urgent need to educate health care workers and the public about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer. This position statement has been developed to serve as a guide in meeting this need.
The Dermatology Nurses Association (DNA), a professional specialty nursing organization, recognizes the urgent need to educate health care workers and the public about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer. DNA developed the position statement to serve as a guide in meeting this need.
Skin cancer accounts for almost half of all cancers that will occur in 1999. Over one million basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas will occur in the United States this year. Malignant melanoma will occur in 1 out of 75 persons. Deaths from melanoma and other skin cancers (excluding basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas) are estimated to be 9,200 in 1999.
Since most skin cancers, including malignant melanoma, are curable when detected early and adequately treated, the Dermatology Nurses' Association believes that:
The Dermatology Nurses' Association recognizes and partners with the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Cancer Society, the Skin Cancer Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and strives to continue working with them toward the need for prevention and early detection of skin cancers.
The American Cancer Society. (1999). Cancer Facts and Figures-1999. Atlanta: ACC.
Consensus Development Panel. (1992). Diagnosis and treatment of early melanoma. NIH Consensus Development Conference, Consensus Statement, 10, 1-26.
Dermatology Nurses' Association. (1992). Position statement, prevention and early detection of skin cancer. Pitman, NJ: DNA.
The Skin Cancer Foundation. (1992). Sun alert American, a blueprint for community action. New York: SCF.
American Academy of Dermatology
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (National Center for Health Statistics)
Dermatology Nurses' Association
National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Result (SEER) Program
The Skin Cancer Foundation