July 28, 2016
Melanoma screening in the community medical setting increased melanoma diagnoses rates, but did not result in an upsurge of skin surgeries or dermatology office visits, according to study results published in Cancer.
“There has been some evidence supporting the potential efficacy of skin cancer screening in reducing mortality, but there has been a scarcity of evidence about the potential downstream harms of screening,” Martin A. Weinstock, MD, PhD, professor of dermatology and community health at Brown University, told HemOnc Today. “As a result of a grant, we produced an instructional program geared at primary care physicians, to educate them on melanoma screening. One feature of the program was to improve the ability to not just detect melanoma, but to confidently reassure patients about benign lesions that could be melanoma mimics.”