Are Sunscreens Cost-effective for the Prevention of Skin Cancer?

Craig A. Elmets, MD

Disclosures

Journal Watch 

In This Article

Comment

The cost-effectiveness of regular sunscreen use is likely to differ depending on the healthcare system. In Australia, where dermatologic care is delivered differently than in the U.S., there was a marked savings in governmental costs and only a modest increase in costs to the patient and physician. In the U.S., the cost-benefit for sunscreen use would likely be even larger. Importantly, other benefits accrue that are difficult to quantify monetarily: Skin cancers and the scars that result from their removal are associated with considerable morbidity. As the costs and quality of healthcare undergo increased scrutiny in the U.S., these types of analyses are likely to become more frequent.

Comments

3090D553-9492-4563-8681-AD288FA52ACE
Comments on Medscape are moderated and should be professional in tone and on topic. You must declare any conflicts of interest related to your comments and responses. Please see our Commenting Guide for further information. We reserve the right to remove posts at our sole discretion.

processing....