Skin Cancer

What Screening Tests Are There?

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against routine screening (total body examination by a doctor) to find skin cancers early. The USPSTF recommends that doctors—

  • Be aware that fair-skinned men and women aged 65 and older, and people with atypical moles or more than 50 moles, are at greater risk for melanoma.
  • Look for skin abnormalities when performing physical examinations for other reasons.

For more information, visit the National Cancer Institute's Skin Cancer Screening.

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