The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
Screening for Melanoma
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In the absence of randomized studies demonstrating an impact on mortality, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has found the evidence insufficient to recommend a routine whole-body examination for melanoma and other skin cancers.1

HIGH-RISK GROUPS — Patients with red hair, fair skin, numerous freckles and light eyes, a family history of melanoma, a personal history of non-melanoma skin cancer, atypical moles or many moles (>50) have an increased risk of developing melanoma. Elderly men have a higher risk of developing melanoma than younger men or women of any age; white men >50 years old are the most likely to have rapidly growing melanomas.2

DETECTION — Melanoma detected early is associated with prolonged disease-free survival. Late detection is associated with death from metastatic disease. Most ... more      

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