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Ann Oncol. 2009 Aug;20 Suppl 6:vi1-7. doi: 10.1093/annonc/mdp252.

Epidemiology of invasive cutaneous melanoma.

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Department of Public Health and Health Policy, University of Glasgow, UK. R.M.Mackie@clinmed.gla.ac.uk

Abstract

Data are presented on the current incidence of melanoma with recent and predicted future trends illustrating a likely continuing increase in incidence. Risk factors for developing melanoma are discussed, including current known melanoma susceptibility genes. Phenotypic markers of high-risk subjects include high counts of benign melanocytic naevi. Other risk factors considered include exposure to natural and artificial ultraviolet radiation, the effect of female sex hormones, socioeconomic status, occupation, exposure to pesticides and ingestion of therapeutic drugs including immunosuppressives and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Aids to earlier diagnosis are considered, including public education, screening and use of equipment such as the dermatoscope. Finally, the current pattern of survival and mortality is described.

PMID:
19617292
PMCID:
PMC2712590
DOI:
10.1093/annonc/mdp252
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