In 2009, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) found insufficient evidence to recommend skin examinations for the early detection of skin cancer in adults. The conclusion followed from a systematic review of the effectiveness and harms of clinical visual skin examinations by physicians or patient self-examinations in terms of morbidity and mortality from skin cancer.
Several years later, after another systematic review,1 the USPSTF’s conclusion—that there is insufficient evidence to recommend total-body skin examination for the early detection of melanoma, basal cell cancer, or squamous cell cancer in all adults—remains the same.2
Linos E, Katz KA, Colditz GA. Skin Cancer—The Importance of Prevention. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(10):1435-1436. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.5008