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

Susan M. Swetter, MD1,2; Alan C. Geller, MPH, RN3; Allan C. Halpern, MD4
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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.
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This Editorial discusses the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement on screening for skin cancer and what it means for primary care clinicians and dermatologists.

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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