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USPSTF Updates Recommendations on Behavioral Counseling for Skin Cancer Prevention

March 28, 2018

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently published a final recommendation statement and evidence review on behavioral counseling for skin cancer prevention. The 2018 recommendation statement updates the one issued by USPSTF in 2012.

The updated recommendation statement expands the age range for behavioral counseling interventions to include persons aged 6 months to 24 years with fair skin types (the 2012 recommendation statement applied to persons aged 10 to 24 years, based on the evidence available at that time). This is a grade B recommendation. The USPSTF now also recommends that clinicians consider selectively offering counseling to adults > 24 years of age with fair skin types. This is a grade C recommendation.

As in 2012, the USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of counseling adults about skin self-examination to prevent skin cancer (grade I recommendation).


U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer [news release]. March 20, 2018. Available at: click here. Accessed March 27, 2018.