Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer

This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on behavioral counseling to prevent skin cancer.

Current Recommendations

Release Date: May 2012
  • The USPSTF recommends counseling children, adolescents, and young adults aged 10 to 24 years who have fair skin about minimizing their exposure to ultraviolet radiation to reduce risk for skin cancer.
    Grade: B Recommendation.
  • The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of counseling adults older than age 24 years about minimizing risks to prevent skin cancer.
    Grade: I Statement.

Supporting Documents

Supporting Document Related Items
Recommendation Statement (PDF File, 232 KB; PDF Help) Clinical Summary (PDF File, 55 KB; PDF Help)
Consumer Fact Sheet (PDF File, 374 KB; PDF Help)
Evidence Report (PDF File, 217 KB; PDF Help) Evidence Synthesis (PDF File, 1.5 MB; PDF Help)