From: Future Science Group
Published March 27, 2017 10:05 AM

The skin cancer screening paradigm: reviewing current guidelines for detecting melanoma in the US

The Future Science Group (FSG) journal Melanoma Management, today announces the publication of a new perspective article, in which over 50 leaders in the dermatology field critically assess current screening practice for melanoma.

Presently, the safest and most cost-effective method of screening for melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, is through total body skin examination. However, there being no current national consensus on how to implement the procedure or its benefit.

In the perspective piece, led by Sancy Leachman and Mariah Johnson from the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s Melanoma Research Program at the OHSU School of Medicine (OR, USA), more than 50 leading members of the skin cancer field brought their expertise together to review current screening practice in primary care, as recommended by the US Preventive Service Task Force’s (USPSTF) 2016 Draft Recommendation Statement in light of the most recent melanoma epidemiology.

In doing so, the group proposed a series of data-driven guidelines that highlighted risk groups for melanoma and provided full screening recommendations for those individuals. To further develop their guidelines, the group also reviewed international screening guidelines from Australia, New Zealand, Germany and elsewhere, modelling their recommendations appropriately.

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