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Executive Summary
Background Paper
  I. Incidence, mortality, and impact on society
II. Skin cancer
III. Contributing and causative factors
IV. Prevention
V. Cancer prevention and information services that impact the skin cancer problem
VI. Barriers to early detection and treatment of skin cancer in Texas
VII. Policy initiatives that would affect skin cancer awareness and prevention
VIII. Professional practice regarding skin cancer prevention, detection, and treatment
IX. Prevention and information models
Action Plan
  Goal I Initiate data collection and analysis
  Goal II Develop prevention information and services to increase public awareness
  Goal III Enhance professional education and practice
  Goal IV Improve access to prevention, detection, and treatment
  i. Melanoma of the Skin Incidence and Mortality Rates, 1988-1992
ii. Five-Year Relative Survival Rates, by Site 1986-1992
iii. Average Years of Live Lost per Person Dying of Cancer, 1993
iv. Demographic Characteristics of Patients Diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma of the Skin
v. Counties Reporting Health Care Availability as an Issue
vi. Federally Designated Medically Underserved Areas
vii. Additional Texas Cancer Council Initiatives
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Goal III:
Enhance professional education and practice

Objective A.
Enhance health care practitioners' knowledge, skills, and practice regarding skin cancer.
  Strategy 1
Improve awareness and practice of skin cancer prevention and detection for health and dental care providers so that non-dermatologists are able to identify individuals at risk, recognize suspicious lesions, and make appropriate referral.
  a) Encourage training programs for each discipline to include skin cancer prevention and detection education.
b) Recommend utilizing dermatologists to present the information on screening and detection during family practice rotations in Texas medical schools.
c) Train health practitioners to do effective community outreach education.
Strategy 2
Provide continuing education for health care practitioners.
  Support continued development of skin cancer awareness in the Nurse Oncology Education P rogram, the Physician Oncology Education Program, the Dental Oncology Education Program, and other training programs for health care practitioners.

Objective B.
Increase skin cancer awareness in public service occupations licensed or certified by the State Health Department.
  Strategy 1
Recommend inclusion of skin cancer prevention and awareness as part of licensure or certification for occupations such as cosmetologists, beauticians, barbers, massage therapists, etc.
Strategy 2
Disseminate continuing education information for practicing members of personal care occupations at trade shows and other venues.
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