Skin Cancer Screening Recommendation in the Skin Cancer Prevention Guideline – Critic of the DEGAM Part 2

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2015.0121-0125

german translation / full article

Günther Egidi, Jean-François Chenot

Keywords: Skin Cancer Malignant Melanoma Screening Prevention Clinical Guideline

Summary: Germany is the only country in the world which introduced systematic skin cancer screening in 2008.Now it has also a new guideline on skin cancer prevention. The aim of this article is to provide background information on the official dissent from representatives of the German College of General Practitioners and Family Physicians regarding pivotal recommendations for skin cancer screening. The benefits of skin cancer screening do not fulfill the WHO criteria. Practical problems of skin examination, documentation and screening intervals are insufficiently addressed. The lack of proven benefits must be balanced with real and potential disadvantages due to overdiagnosis and unnecessary treatment.

(State: 18.03.2015)

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