Skin cancer screening and primary prevention: Facts and controversies

Daniel G. Federman, Robert S. Kirsner, Kate V. Viola

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Skin cancer is both common and responsible for significant morbidity and mortality. Opportunities for both primary and secondary prevention are available to both dermatologists and non-dermatologists. Counseling selected patients about ultraviolet avoidance and proper use of sunscreens is recommended. Due to technical and financial barriers, no study has conclusively confirmed the benefits of skin cancer screening. Both dermatologists and non-dermatologists often do not perform total body skin examinations during clinical encounters, despite high acceptance rates by patients. Many non-dermatologists would benefit from additional education pertaining to the diagnosis of cutaneous malignancy. Teledermatology may have a role in areas with poor access to dermatologists. There are ample opportunities for more to be learned in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)666-670
Number of pages5
JournalClinics in Dermatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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