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Arch Dermatol. 2006 Jun;142(6):704-8.

Comparison of stage at diagnosis of melanoma among Hispanic, black, and white patients in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

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Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Fla., USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare stage at diagnosis of melanoma between non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and Hispanic patients.

DESIGN:

Retrospective analysis.

SETTING:

Melanoma cases reported to the Florida Cancer Data System, with known stage and race/ethnicity information, for residents of Miami-Dade County, Florida, from 1997 to 2002.

PATIENTS:

Those diagnosed as having melanoma according to the Florida Cancer Data System.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

Stage of melanoma at diagnosis.

RESULTS:

Of the 1690 melanoma cases reported with both stage and race/ethnicity information, 1176 (70%) were among non-Hispanic white patients, 485 (29%) were among Hispanic patients of any race, and 29 (2%) were among non-Hispanic black patients. Late-stage (regional and distant) diagnosis was more common among Hispanic (26%) and non-Hispanic black patients (52%) compared with non-Hispanic white patients (16%) (P < .001).

CONCLUSION:

Advanced stage of melanoma diagnosis among Hispanic and black patients suggests suboptimal secondary prevention efforts in minority populations.

PMID:
16785372
DOI:
10.1001/archderm.142.6.704
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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