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Practice Gaps
October 2010

Overscreening and Underscreening for MelanomaComment on “The Influence of Age and Sex on Reasons for Seeking and Expected Benefits of Skin Cancer Screening”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Dermatology, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(10):1102. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.249

Dermatologists screen thousands of patients yearly for skin cancer. This occurs not just in free skin cancer screenings, as described in the article by Andrulonis et al, but also in dermatologist offices for patients seeking or being encouraged to seek full-body screening. Dermatologists' time and dermatology services are finite resources. Full-body skin examinations take time, and may be overperformed in low-risk populations. The study by Andrulonis et al points out several potential practice gaps.

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