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Screening for Skin Cancer

This topic is in the process of being updated. Please go to the Update in Progress section to see the latest documents available.

This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for skin cancer.

Current Recommendation

Release Date: February 2009

  • The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of using a whole-body skin examination by a primary care clinician or patient skin self-examination for the early detection of cutaneous melanoma, basal cell cancer, or squamous cell skin cancer in the adult general population.
    Grade: I Statement.

Supporting Documents

Recommendation Statement (PDF File, 480 KB; PDF Help)
Supporting Article (PDF File, 230 KB; PDF Help)
Evidence Synthesis (PDF File, 250 KB; PDF Help)
Clinical Summary (PDF File, 95 KB; PDF Help)

Update in Progress

In an effort to make the USPSTF recommendations clearer and its processes more transparent, the Task Force is sharing drafts of many of its documents for public comment, including draft Research Plans and draft Recommendation Statements. As a result, the final Recommendation Statement is not yet available.

Supporting Documents

Research Plan

USPSTF members work with researchers from an independent Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) to create a Research Plan that guides the systematic review of the evidence. The Research Plan consists of an analytic framework, key questions, and a literature search strategy or research approach.

Research Plan Related Items
Final Research Plan

Current as of July 2014

Internet Citation:

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for Skin Cancer, Topic Page. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsskca.htm


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