Skin Cancer

Sep 15, 2016 Issue
Screening for Skin Cancer: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of visual skin examination by a clinician to screen for skin cancer in adults.

Apr 1, 2016 Issue
A Fungating Lesion on the Tongue [Photo Quiz]

A man with a history of tobacco and alcohol use presented with a lesion on his tongue that he first noticed six months earlier as small red dots.

Mar 15, 2015 Issue
Asymptomatic, Evolving Lesion on the Upper Arm [Photo Quiz]

A woman presented with an asymptomatic, irregular, pink plaque on her arm that had been growing slowly for 18 years.

Sep 1, 2014 Issue
Pruritic Erythematous Plaques [Photo Quiz]

A woman presented with erythematous, pruritic skin patches on her trunk and extremities that were slowly increasing in size and number.

Oct 1, 2013 Issue
Dermoscopy for the Family Physician [Article]

Noninvasive in vivo imaging techniques have become an important diagnostic aid for skin cancer detection. Dermoscopy, also known as dermatoscopy, epiluminescence microscopy, incident light microscopy, or skin surface microscopy, has been shown to increase the clinician’s diagnostic accuracy when eva...

Oct 15, 2012 Issue
Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends counseling children, adolescents, and young adults 10 to 24 years of age who have fair skin about minimizing their exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Oct 15, 2012 Issue
Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer [Putting Prevention into Practice]

Case study: A 17-year-old white female patient with dark hair comes to your office for a refill of her seasonal allergy prescription. Her primary residence is in Minnesota. She mentions that she heard that sun tanning was “bad for you” and asks whether it is true.

Jul 15, 2012 Issue
Diagnosis and Treatment of Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinoma [Article]

Family physicians are regularly faced with identifying, treating, and counseling patients with skin cancers. Nonmelanoma skin cancer, which encompasses basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, is the most common cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet B exposure is a significant factor in the develo...

Jan 15, 2012 Issue
Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma: A Primary Care Perspective [Article]

Cutaneous malignant melanoma accounts for 3 to 5 percent of all skin cancers and is responsible for approximately 75 percent of all deaths from skin cancer. Persons with an increased number of moles, dysplastic (also called atypical) nevi, or a family history of the disease are at increased risk com...

Aug 1, 2011 Issue
Nonhealing Vulvar Ulcer [Photo Quiz]

Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

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