Navigation Links
Melanoma Less Common in Blacks But Deadlier
Date:12/23/2009

Skin cancer diagnosis occurs later in nonwhites, study finds

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors are diagnosing more white people with the deadly skin cancer known as melanoma, and while Hispanics and blacks are much less likely to be diagnosed with the malignancy, they often have advanced forms of the cancer when it is found, new research suggests.

"Research and public education efforts have focused on melanoma prevention in white populations because of their higher risk of developing melanoma," the study authors wrote in the December issue of the Archives of Dermatology. "Improved secondary prevention measures with earlier detection of thin [early-stage] melanoma likely account for the improved survival among whites from 68 percent in the early 1970s to 92 percent in recent years. Such advances, however, have not occurred in other racial and ethnic groups in the United States."

Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine looked at statistics regarding 41,072 cases of melanoma between 1990 and 2004 from the Florida Cancer Data System. Almost all -- 39,670 -- were in non-Hispanic whites, with 1,148 in white Hispanics and 254 in blacks.

The Hispanic and black patients, however, had more advanced cases of melanoma, the study authors found. Eighteen percent of Hispanics and 26 percent of blacks had the most advanced kinds of cases, compared to 12 percent among non-Hispanic whites.

"Melanoma among darker-skinned populations has received little attention, partly reflecting their overall lower risk compared with white non-Hispanics," the authors noted. "The lowest survival rates and delayed melanoma diagnosis is often seen in blacks. With the readily expanding population and increasing melanoma rate of 2.9 percent per year, melanoma among Hispanics also becomes an increasingly important public health issue."

"This study adds to a growing body of literature that identifies a pervasive and persistent disparity in the stage of melanoma diagnosis between Hispanic and black patients versus white patients," wrote the authors of a commentary accompanying the study.

More information

Learn more about melanoma from the U.S. National Cancer Institute.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Dec. 21, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Melanoma Diagnosis Often Delayed for Rural Poor
2. Melanoma drug revs immune cells but cancer cells ignore it
3. Promising drug combination may help those with ocular melanoma that has spread
4. Provectus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Begins Phase 2 Clinical Trial for Metastatic Melanoma
5. Provectus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. releases summary results of phase 1 metastatic melanoma study
6. New type of drug shows promise in attacking melanoma in an innovative way
7. Genes Unlock New Treatments for Deadly Melanoma
8. Top-Line Data Available from Three Ipilimumab Pivotal Trials in Patients with Advanced Metastatic Melanoma
9. Researchers Hone in on Cancer Stem Cells for Melanoma
10. Melanomas may appear noticeably different than other moles
11. Melanomas Present Unique Appearance
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/27/2017)... Jacksonville, Florida (PRWEB) , ... April 27, 2017 , ... ... qualified candidates. But they will rapidly reject an outdated healthcare executive resume. , “If ... good look at your executive resume and wondering if it’s as ready as you ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs announced a franchise expansion agreement today ... , The first new location will open at the corner of 27th and ... Northern Lights Drive this fall. And the third location is in the process of ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... April 26, 2017 , ... Intalere, the ... the podcast, “Make Plans for MACRA,” highlighting the impact of the ... office and how physicians and other clinicians are reimbursed for the care they ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... Hackensack, N.J. (PRWEB) , ... April 26, 2017 ... ... fluency, Inc. in Hackensack, N.J. has been honored by Enterprising Women magazine ... program that recognizes the world’s top women business owners. Winners have demonstrated that ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... JOHYNSTON, Iowa (PRWEB) , ... April 26, 2017 ... ... agriculture? DuPont Pioneer today launched a unique website ( CRISPRCas.pioneer.com ) that demonstrates ... plants and help farmers produce more and better food, with fewer resources. It ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/19/2017)... 19, 2017 The Global Effective Microorganisms ... 2022 report has covered and analysed the potential of Global ... market size, shares and growth factors. The report identifies and ... opportunities in the global market. ... Browse 152 Tables and Figures, 6 Major Company Profiles, ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... , April 19, 2017 ... an immune response in pets such as canine, ... are of various types such as Attenuated Live ... Vaccines, DNA Vaccines and Recombinant Vaccines. Attenuated live ... virus or bacteria, which have been weakend under ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... N.J. , April 19, 2017  Novartis ... by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute ... demonstrating that 58% of patients with treatment-naïve severe ... months when treated with eltrombopag at the initiation ... . The study evaluated three sequential treatment groups, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: