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Screening for skin cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for skin cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement
Basal cell carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma
Advanced Practice Nurses
Allied Health Personnel
Health Care Providers
To summarize the current U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations and supporting scientific evidence on screening for skin cancer
To update the 2001 USPSTF recommendations on screening for skin cancer
The adult general population without a history of premalignant or malignant lesions
Interventions and Practices Considered
Whole-body skin examination by a primary care clinician
Patient skin self-examination
Major Outcomes Considered
Key Question: Does screening in asymptomatic persons with whole-body examination by a primary care clinician or by self-examination reduce morbidity and mortality from skin cancer?
Contextual Question 1: Can screening with whole-body examination by primary care clinicians or by self-examination accurately detect skin cancer?
Contextual Question 2: Does screening with whole-body examination or by self-examination detect melanomas at an earlier stage (thinner lesions)?
Ann Intern Med. 2009 Feb 3;150(3):188-93