Skin Cancer

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Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer

The AAFP recommends counseling children, adolescents, and young adults ages 10 to 24 years who have fair skin about minimizing their exposure to ultraviolet radiation to reduce risk for skin cancer. (2012)

(Grade: B recommendation)
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/gradespost.htm#brec(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)
Clinical Considerations : http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf11/skincancouns/skincancounsrs.htm#clinical(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)

Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer

The AAFP concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of counseling adults older than age 24 years about minimizing risks to prevent skin cancer. (2012)

(Grade: I recommendation)
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/gradespost.htm#brec(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)
Clinical Considerations : http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf11/skincancouns/skincancounsrs.htm#clinical(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)

Screening for Skin Cancer

The AAFP 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. (2009)

(Grade: I recommendation)
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/grades.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)
Clinical Considerations : http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf09/skincancer/skincanrs.htm#clinical(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)