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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

Scope

Disease/Condition(s)
Skin cancer:

Malignant melanoma
Basal cell carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma

Guideline Category
Prevention
Screening

Clinical Specialty
Dermatology
Family Practice
Geriatrics
Internal Medicine
Nursing
Preventive Medicine

Intended Users
Advanced Practice Nurses
Allied Health Personnel
Health Care Providers
Nurses
Patients
Physician Assistants
Physicians

Guideline Objective(s)

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

Target Population
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