(USPSTF). The recommendations, published online March 20 in , advise clinicians to counsel young adults, children, and parents of young children who are aged 6 months to 24 years and have fair skin types about skin cancer prevention. Counseling for individuals aged 24 years and older should be based on a clinician’s assessment of patient risk.
The recommendations target asymptomatic individuals with no history of skin cancer who might be likely to sunburn easily, wrote, of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Seattle, the corresponding author of the USPSTF recommendation statement, and his associates.
The task force found adequate (grade B) evidence to support behavioral counseling for children and young adults aged 6 months to 24 years with no notable risk of harm from this intervention. The task force gave a grade C recommendation for routine skin cancer counseling for adults older than 24 years, citing a small net benefit. In addition, the USPSTF found insufficient evidence (I statement) to evaluate the risks versus benefits of counseling adults about skin self-examination as a way to reduce skin cancer risk.