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Melanoma Diagnosis Often Delayed for Rural Poor
Date:8/22/2007

For each one percent increase in poverty rate, Breslow thickness increased by one percent. Breslow thickness was 19 percent greater for patients aged 51 to 80 years than for those aged 0 to 50 years and was 109 percent greater for patients older than 80 years than for those aged 0 to 50 years," the study authors wrote.

The study is published in the August issue of the journal Archives of Dermatology.

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about melanoma.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Aug. 20, 2007


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