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Research Letter
June 9, 2021

Cost of Treatment of Benign and Premalignant Lesions During Skin Cancer Screening

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Department of Dermatology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 3Department of Dermatology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • 4Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
JAMA Dermatol. Published online June 9, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2021.1953

To date, cost analyses of skin cancer detection and screening via total body skin examination (TBSE) have primarily focused on the costs of the visit, skin biopsies, and pathologic assessment of lesions.1,2 However, in addition to skin cancers, premalignant actinic keratoses (AKs) and benign lesions (acrochordons, verruca vulgaris, and seborrheic keratoses [SKs]) are likely to be identified and treated during TBSEs. Factoring in the costs of treating these lesions during skin cancer screening visits is important for evaluating the cost effectiveness of skin cancer screening in dermatology practices.

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