There is high prevalence of keratinocyte carcinoma (KC) and actinic keratosis (AK), and considerable spending to treat these conditions, in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), a recent study found. Researchers conducted a cross-sectional analysis of veterans diagnosed with KC or AK during fiscal year 2012, using administrative data on outpatient encounters and prescription drugs provided by or paid for by the VHA. They found:
• In 2012, there were 49,229 veterans with basal cell carcinoma, 26,310 veterans with squamous cell carcinoma, and 8,050 veterans with unspecified invasive KC.
• There were also 197,041 veterans with AK and 6,388 veterans with KC-related diagnoses.
• The VHA spent $356 million on KC and AK outpatient treatment for procedures, prescription drugs, and other dermatologic care during fiscal year 2012.
Citation: Yoon J, Phibbs CS, Chow A, Pomerantz H, Weinstock MA. Costs of keratinocyte carcinoma (nonmelanoma skin cancer) and actinic keratosis treatment in the Veterans Health Administration. [Published online ahead of print July 25, 2016]. Dermatol Surg. doi:10.1097/DSS.0000000000000820.
This Week's Must Reads
Dermatologist-Delivered Intervention Is Effective, JAMA Dermatology; ePub 2018 Aug 8; Mallett, et al
HRQOL in Patients with Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, Int J Dermatol; ePub 2018 Aug 3; Holahan, Farah, et al
Disparities Seen in Access to Injectable Biologics , J Dermatolog Treat; ePub 2018 Aug 4; Feng, et al
Psoriasis Not Associated with Higher Dementia Risk, J Am Acad Dermatol; ePub 2018 Aug 6; Pezzolo, et al
Discerning Merkel Cell Carcinoma from Other Tumors, Am J Dermapathol; ePub 2018 Jul 24; Bandino, et al
Must Reads in Melanoma
Sunless Tanning and Risky Cancer-related Behaviors, JAMA Dermatology; ePub 2018 Jul 25; Dodds, Arron, et al
Incidence of Melanoma, Survival Investigated, J Invest Dermatol; ePub 2018 Jul 19; Nosrati, et al
AAD’s Skin Cancer Screening Program Assessed, J Am Acad Dermatol; ePub 2018 Jul 26; Okhovat, et al
Women Have Greater Lifetime Exposure to arUVR, J Am Acad Dermatol; ePub 2018 Jul 15; Li, Kulkarni, et al
Assessing the Public’s Knowledge of Sunscreen Use, J Cosmet Dermatol; ePub 2018 Jul 16; Cao, Brehm, et al