Screening for Skin Cancer: US Preventive Services Task force Recommendation Statement

This is an update to the 2009 US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on screening for skin cancer. The guideline specifically addresses evidence on the effectiveness of screening for skin cancer with a clinical visual skin examination in reducing skin cancer morbidity and mortality and death from any cause; its potential harms, including any harms resulting from associated diagnostic follow-up; its test characteristics when performed by a primary care clinician vs a dermatologist; and whether its use leads to earlier detection of skin cancer compared with usual care.