USPSTF 2023: Insufficient evidence for skin cancer screening in asymptomatic adolescents and adults (I statement)

Clinical Question

Should primary care clinicians screen asymptomatic adolescents and adults for skin cancer?

Bottom line

The US Preventive Services Task Force continues to conclude that current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for skin cancer via a visual skin examination in asymptomatic adolescents and adults. (I statement). This does not apply to persons with a personal or family history of skin cancer or to those with symptoms, including changes in the size, shape, or color of skin lesions. This updated review is consistent with their 2016 recommendation. 2c

Study design: Practice guideline

Funding: Government

Setting: Various (guideline)


David C. Slawson, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine for Education and Scholarship
Atrium Health
Professor of Family Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill
Charlotte, NC

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Arup Kumar Dhara

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Insufficient evidence of screening for skin cancer in asympt

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