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Medicare Policy Contradicts Preferred Treatment For Precancerous Skin Conditions, Westwood Squibb Center For Dermatology Research Reports

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Dr. Clifford W. Lober, a dermatologist in Kissimmee, Fla., and the chairman of the Academy's section on health policy practice and research, says the Medicare policy has no scientific basis and endangers patients. "We have an epidemic of skin cancer and with it we've seen a tremendous rise in the incidence of actinic keratosis.

"Many of these actinic keratoses can progress to invasive squamous cell carcinoma. More than 2,000 Americans die each year from this kind of cancer, so it's a very significant problem."


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Contact: Bob Conn, Mark Wright or Jim Steele
rconn@wfubmc.edu
336-716-4587
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
1-Jan-1999


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