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Re-examining the Total Body Skin Examination: Who, When, and How Often?
Tuesday, March 05
Palm Ballroom 4
7:15 AM - 8:45 AM
Laura K. Ferris, MD, PhD, FAAD
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- Identify those patients most likely to benefit from routine screening for melanoma
- Describe the growth kinetics of different melanoma subtypes and the optimal strategies to maximize their earliest detection
- Develop strategies to improve patient detection of melanoma
This session will discuss screening for melanoma using the clinical skin examination. The best available evidence to aid dermatologists in identifying which patients benefit most from routine screening and the optimal frequency of screening will be discussed. The association of patient age, gender, skin cancer history, and other risk factors with melanoma risk and likelihood of self-detection of melanoma will be reviewed. Routine screening may be more useful for the detection of certain melanoma subtypes. Guidelines and recommendations for skin cancer screening from groups in the United States and internationally and their rational will be reviewed and discussed.