Screening for skin cancer in adults an updated systematic evidence review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

BACKGROUND: Melanoma is the leading cause of skin cancer mortality. Visual skin examination for skin cancer screening could impact disease incidence and mortality in U.S. adults and adolescents. CONCLUSIONS: On a population level, with limited evidence on skin cancer screening, a clear statement can...

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Main Author: Wernli, Karen Joanne
Corporate Authors: Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center (Center for Health Research (Kaiser-Permanente Medical Care Program. Northwest Region)), Center for Health Research (Kaiser-Permanente Medical Care Program. Northwest Region), United States Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Rockville, MD Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2016, July 2016
Series:Evidence syntheses
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Collection: National Center for Biotechnology Information - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:BACKGROUND: Melanoma is the leading cause of skin cancer mortality. Visual skin examination for skin cancer screening could impact disease incidence and mortality in U.S. adults and adolescents. CONCLUSIONS: On a population level, with limited evidence on skin cancer screening, a clear statement cannot be made about the benefit of skin cancer screening for melanoma mortality and all-cause mortality or association with thinner lesions. With few studies to confirm these results, the applicability for widespread skin cancer screening could be limited. Later stage at diagnosis of melanoma is associated with strong effect on melanoma mortality within 5 years of diagnosis. Future research on skin cancer screening should focus on evaluating the effectiveness of targeted screening in persons considered to be at higher risk for skin cancer
Physical Description:1 PDF file (viii, 90 pages) illustrations