The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation statement for skin cancer screening focuses on the utility of screening asymptomatic healthy adults for skin cancer by primary care practitioners (PCPs).1 The USPSTF statement does not apply to those with concerning signs or symptoms or to individuals at high risk for skin cancer based on family or personal history, atypical mole phenotype, or other factors. The USPSTF does not make recommendations for specialists (eg, dermatologists) who routinely perform targeted screening among high-risk groups.
Swetter SM, Geller AC, Halpern AC. What the USPSTF “Insufficient” Skin Cancer Screening Recommendation Means for Primary Care Clinicians and Dermatologists. JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(9):973–975. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.2606
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