Assessment of Melanoma Screening Practices Produces Data-Driven, Risk-Based Guidelines

Source: Oncology Nurse Advisor, April 2017

More than 50 dermatologists assessed screening practices for melanoma in a perspective study published recently in Melanoma Management that aimed to address the fact that currently no national consensus exists on skin cancer screening in the United States. Dermatologists and primary care physicians, however, are frequently tasked with deciding when and how often to recommend total body skin examinations.

Although melanoma is usually apparent on skin and easily detected by trained health care providers via a routine total body skin examination, the disease is responsible for the most deaths from skin cancer.

This paper proposed data-driven, risk-based guidelines that correspond with the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) screening guidelines for other disorders. These guidelines emphasize risk groups for developing melanoma and make recommendations based on risk.

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