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Although skin cancer screening through total-body skin examination (TBSE) may reduce morbidity or mortality from skin cancer, one potential harm of screening is that the nature of this examination may cause patient embarrassment. Among female patients undergoing colonoscopy and pelvic examinations there is a strong preference for a female physician.1,2 To our knowledge, the influence of physician sex on patient attitudes toward skin cancer screening has not been studied in a nonveteran population.3,4
Houston NAM, Secrest AM, Harris RJ, Mori WS, Eliason MJ, Phillips CM, Ferris LK. Patient Preferences During Skin Cancer Screening Examination. JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(9):1052-1054. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.1005