American Academy of Dermatology Issues Statement on Rising Skin Cancer Costs

AAD president responds to a recent CDC study

AAD addresses rising cost of skin cancer treatment

The American Academy of Dermatology has released a statement concerning the rising cost of skin cancer treatment.

Recently the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a study detailing the rising costs of skin cancer treatments across the country. Now, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has responded to the study. In a statement from AAD President Brett M. Coldiron, MD, FAAD, the organization said the new study, “validates the role of screening and prevention programs as a mechanism to reduce the incidence of skin cancer and its related costs.”

While the statement does address the rising costs of new breakthrough melanoma treatments, these new treatments only make up a small part of the landscape. The reason overall treatment costs have gone up in recent years isn’t because all treatments are expensive, but rather because there’s been a dramatic increase in the total number of skin cancers nationwide, which then leads to a bigger number once¬†everything is added together.

To read the full statement from the AAD, click here: American Academy of Dermatology Statement on the Cost of Skin Cancer

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