Skin cancer screenings associated with greater incidence of thin melanoma lesions
Source: Healio, April 2022
Results from a quality-improvement study showed that primary care-based melanoma screening correlated with an increased detection of thin melanoma, according to data published in JAMA Dermatology.
“Melanoma can be detected with a simple naked-eye examination, and stage at diagnosis is the best predictor of prognosis, so systematic skin cancer screening may reduce melanoma mortality,” Martha Matsumoto, MD, a dermatologist in Pittsburgh who is affiliated with United Hospital, and colleagues wrote. “However, to our knowledge, no randomized clinical trials of melanoma screening have been performed.”
To compare thickness-specific incidence of melanoma among screened and unscreened patients, Matsumoto and colleagues conducted an observational study that comprised 595,799 individuals. Of those, 144,851 received at least one screening.READ THE ORIGINAL FULL ARTICLE