What are the guidelines for skin screening to prevent cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC)?

Updated: Jul 08, 2020
  • Author: Talib Najjar, DMD, MDS, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Current recommendations from the American Cancer Society for skin screening call for a skin examination every 3 years for persons aged 20-39 years and annually after age 40 years. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends annual screening for all patients. However, the US Preventive Services Task Force found insufficient evidence to issue a recommendation either for or against skin examination by a primary care clinician or patient skin self-examination, for the early detection of skin cancer in the adult general population. [66]


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