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March 20, 2018

Sun Protection and Skin Self-examination and the US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation on Behavioral Counseling for Skin Cancer Prevention

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Editor, JAMA Dermatology
  • 3Department of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park
JAMA. 2018;319(11):1101-1102. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0163

In this issue of JAMA, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) provides 3 recommendations about counseling patients in self-management of prevention and early detection of skin cancer.1 Specifically, the USPSTF “recommends counseling young adults, adolescents, children, and parents of young children about minimizing exposure to UV radiation for persons aged 6 months to 24 years with fair skin types to reduce their risk of skin cancer (B recommendation)”; “recommends that clinicians selectively offer counseling to adults older than 24 years with fair skin types about minimizing their exposure to UV radiation to reduce risk of skin cancer” and that “patients and clinicians should consider the presence of risk factors for skin cancer (C recommendation)”; and “concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of counseling adults about skin self-examination to prevent skin cancer (I statement).”