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Skin Cancer Prevention, Behavioral Counseling, 2018

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Recommendations: Behavioral Counseling for Skin Cancer Prevention

  • Skin Cancer Prevention: Behavioral Counseling --Young adults, adolescents, children, and parents of young children
    Grade: B
    Specific Recommendations:

    The USPSTF recommends counseling young adults, adolescents, children, and parents of young children about minimizing exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation for persons aged 6 months to 24 years with fair skin types to reduce their risk of skin cancer.

    Frequency of Service:

    No Frequency of Service information currently available.

    Risk Factor Information:

    Fair skin types

  • Skin Cancer Prevention: Behavioral Counseling --Adults older than 24 years with fair skin types
    Grade: C
    Specific Recommendations:

    The USPSTF 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. Existing evidence indicates that the net benefit of counseling all adults older than 24 years is small. In determining whether counseling is appropriate in individual cases, patients and clinicians should consider the presence of risk factors for skin cancer.

     

    Frequency of Service:

    No Frequency of Service information currently available.

    Risk Factor Information:

    Persons with fair skin types (ivory or pale skin, light eye color, red or blond hair, freckles, those who sunburn easily) are at increased risk of skin cancer and should be counseled. Other factors that further increase risk include a history of sunburns, previous use of indoor tanning beds, and a family or personal history of skin cancer. Persons with an increased number of nevi and atypical nevi are at increased risk of melanoma. Persons with a compromised immune system (eg, persons living with HIV, persons who have received an organ transplant) are at increased risk of skin cancer.

  • Skin Cancer Prevention: Behavioral Counseling --Adults
    Grade: I
    Specific Recommendations:

    The USPSTF 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.

    Frequency of Service:

    No Frequency of Service information currently available.

    Risk Factor Information:

    No Risk Factor Information currently available.

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