ASDS Disagrees with New Skin Cancer Screening Recommendations

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The US Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) has declined to take a stance on the value of preventive skin cancer screenings for the second time in seven years, and The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery ASDS is responding with disappointment.
The USPSTF says there is insufficient evidence to make a recommendation on whether the benefits of routine screenings by a physician outweigh the harm. “Dermatologic surgeons – who are the experts in skin disease treatment – do not believe this ‘insufficient evidence’ recommendation is accurate,” said ASDS President Naomi Lawrence, MD, in a statement. “Screenings often lead to the early detection and treatment, which lead to better outcomes and higher survival rates for patients.”
The recommendation that screenings not be considered a preventive health care service was made by a panel of research experts.
Dr. Lawrence noted that the task force does recommend that adults who have already had skin cancer, those at high risk (e.g., fair-skinned, light eye color or history of significant sun exposure) or those with changes to their skin consult with their physician.
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