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Women More Likely to Survive Melanoma Than Men: Study
Date:5/1/2012

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"So, I think in large part this is a behavioral issue, not a genetic issue," Sondak added. "However, that's not the whole issue. It is also the case that what we now call melanoma, one disease, may actually be many different diseases caused by many different things. And with that there may be genetic differences, all else being equal, in how men and women get these different diseases in the first place. This study didn't look at that. But that's another important aspect to consider."

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For more on melanoma, visit the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

SOURCES: Arjen Joosse, M.D., department of public health, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Vernon Sondak, M.D., surgeon and chair, department of cutaneous oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa; April 30, 2012, Journal of Clinical Oncology, online


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