The American Cancer Society,102 the American Academy of Dermatology,103 the American Academy of Pediatrics,104 and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists105 all recommend patient education about sun protection behaviors (SPBs), such as sun avoidance, clothing, hats, and sunscreens. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends sun protection for all with increased sun expo-sure.106 The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) concluded that sun-protective behaviors are probably effective in reducing skin cancer but that the evidence does not support physician counseling about SPBs with every patient.107 ACPM concluded that evidence does not support advising patients to use chemical sunscreens and that their use may actually increase the risk of malignant melanoma.108
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