Are routine skin exams effective in reducing morbidity and mortality in patients at average risk?
Are routine skin exams effective in reducing morbidity and mortality in patients at average risk? Evidence-Based Answer: A skin cancer screening exam is effective for skin cancer recognition, including melanomas, and there does not appear to be a difference in accuracy between primary care physicians (PCPs) and dermatologists (SOR: A, systematic review). Performing a total body skin exam for atypical nevi can identify a small group of higher risk patients for more thorough evaluation (SOR: C, observational trials). The optimal frequency of screening is unclear.
Evidence Based Practice 18(6): E5-E6