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Posts for category: Melanoma

By Dr. Maloney
October 13, 2015
Category: Melanoma
Tags: Skin Cancer  

-Females account for >65% of melanoma cases in children and young adults

-May be linked to the fact that females use tanning beds more frequently than men

-Melanoma is the 3rd most common cancer in patients 15-39 years of age

-Melanoma is the most common form of cancer in adults age 25-29 years of age

-Melanoma is the 2nd most common form of cancer in young people 15-29 years of age

By Dr. Maloney
October 13, 2015
Category: Melanoma

Melanoma incidence in children, adolescents and young adults has increased by more than 250% since 1973  [Sun and Skin News}


As reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute:

There was a fourfold increase in risk of melanoma of all types when sun-induced growths were present on the face.

This relationship with lesions known to be associated with high-dose solar UV irradiation supports the observation that heavy sun exposure was associated with an increased risk of malignant melanoma.

Action to be taken: if you have sun damage on your face then make sure you get your skin checked regularly.

By J Michael Maloney
April 20, 2015
Category: Melanoma
Tags: Melanoma   Incidence Rates  


The incidence of melanoma in the United States was 13.3 per 100 000 in 1995 vs 55 per 100 000 in Queensland, Australia

Dermatologists Treat Most Melanomas


A rencent study regarding the biopsy of melanomas showed:  

Patients were more likely to be white (95.4%), male (63.1%), married (47.9%), and 75 years or older (60.8%) and to have no prior melanoma (93.7%)

Melanoma cases were more likely to undergo biopsy by dermatologists (88.4%) compared with nondermatologists (11.6%).

Likewise, melanomas were more likely to be excised by dermatologists (41.9%) compared with general/plastic surgeons (30.5%), Mohs surgeons (9.1%), or primary care physicians (1.2%)

JAMA Dermatol. Published online April 08, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.119



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