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Skin Cancer, Screening, 2016

* Indicates an old grade definition

Recommendations: Screening for Skin Cancer

  • Skin Cancer: Screening --Asymptomatic adults
    Grade: I
    Specific Recommendations:

    The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of visual skin examination by a clinician to screen for skin cancer in adults.

    Frequency of Service:

    No Frequency of Service information currently available.

    Risk Factor Information:

    Skin cancer of any type occurs more commonly in men than in women and among persons with a fair complexion, persons who use indoor tanning beds, and persons with a history of sunburns or previous skin cancer. Specific risk factors for melanoma include having a dysplastic nevus (atypical mole), having multiple (ie, ≥100) nevi, and having a family history of melanoma.34 Like most types of cancer, the risk of melanoma increases with age; the median age at diagnosis is 63 years, and the median age at death is 69 years.1

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