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April 2006

Improving Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection Education in US Medical Schools

Arch Dermatol. 2006;142(4):523-533. doi:10.1001/archderm.142.4.524

Early detection and excision of skin cancers has the potential to significantly improve health outcomes.1,2 Unfortunately, few primary care physicians perform skin cancer screening routinely. Inadequate training and low confidence in their ability to recognize skin cancer are potential barriers.3 Educating all physicians regarding skin cancer detection and prevention could have a profound public health impact; however, most medical students graduate without ever performing a skin cancer examination.4