Date of Award
Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Physician Assistant Education
In recent years, climate change has rapidly become an international focus and with it, its economic and environmental consequences. Less attention has been given to its effect on human health. A byproduct of climate change includes higher levels of ultraviolet or UV light exposure.1 UV light has long been associated with the development of skin cancer and pre-cancerous lesions known as actinic keratoses or solar keratoses.1 Given these changes, providers will begin to see more malignant or pre-malignant skin lesions on their patients and will need to confidently determine the best course of treatment for them. What constitutes good treatment? Efficacy is arguably the most important factor but, when efficacy is similar across various treatment modalities, then it is time to examine other criteria such as adverse effects, tolerability, treatment accessibility, cost-effectiveness, and patient satisfaction.
Cachro, Sylwia Anna, "Field-directed Therapy Options for Diffuse Actinic Keratoses" (2019). Physician's Assistant Program Capstones. 6.