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September 2016

What the USPSTF “Insufficient” Skin Cancer Screening Recommendation Means for Primary Care Clinicians and Dermatologists

Author Affiliations
  • 1Dermatology Service, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California
  • 2Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Program, Department of Dermatology, Stanford University Medical Center and Cancer Institute, Stanford, California
  • 3Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 4Dermatology Service, Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(9):973-975. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.2606

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.

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