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Cancer Causes Control. 2016 May;27(5):647-59. doi: 10.1007/s10552-016-0738-1. Epub 2016 Mar 28.

Characteristics, rates, and trends of melanoma incidence among Hispanics in the USA.

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1
Advanced Technology Logistics, Inc, Newnan, GA, USA.
2
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Hwy NE MS-F76, Atlanta, GA, 30341, USA. jtownsend@cdc.gov.
3
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Hwy NE MS-F76, Atlanta, GA, 30341, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study is to describe the epidemiology of melanoma among Hispanics using data that cover nearly 100 % of the US population.

METHODS:

The study used population-based cancer incidence data from the National Program of Cancer Registries and the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program to examine melanoma incidence rates and trends among Hispanics by sex, age, race, histology, anatomic location, stage, and tumor thickness.

RESULTS:

From 2008 to 2012, 6,623 cases of melanoma were diagnosed among Hispanics. Rates were higher among males (4.6) than among females (4.0), but females younger than age 55 had higher rates than males. The most common histologic subtype was superficial spreading melanoma (23 %). Melanomas with poorer outcomes, such as nodular (NM) and acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM), were more common among males. Hispanic females had the highest proportion of melanoma on the lower limb and hip (33.7 %), while Hispanic males had the highest proportion on the trunk (29.9 %). Incidence rates for later-stage diagnosis and thicker tumors were significantly higher among Hispanic men than among women. Incidence rates decreased significantly during 2003-2012 (AAPC = -1.4).

CONCLUSIONS:

Clinicians and public health practitioners will need to reach the growing Hispanic population in the USA with strategies for primary prevention and early diagnosis of melanoma. Results suggest Hispanics and providers need education to increase awareness about the characteristics of melanoma among Hispanics, including types that occur on non-sun-exposed areas (ALM and NM). Skin cancer prevention and awareness interventions targeting Hispanics should be culturally relevant.

KEYWORDS:

Anatomic location of melanoma; Hispanics; Melanoma histology; Melanoma incidence rates; Melanoma incidence trends; Melanoma stage

PMID:
27021339
PMCID:
PMC4910394
DOI:
10.1007/s10552-016-0738-1
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