Navigation Links
Chances of Survival for Melanoma is High When Detected by Dermatologists

A new report says that melanoma when diagnosed by a dermatologist has a higher survival rate than by a non-dermatologist. The reason is that a specialist will be able to detect// the tumor in its early stages which can be removed thereby increasing the chance of survival.

Individuals whose melanoma is diagnosed by a dermatologist may be more likely to have early-stage cancer and to survive five years than those with melanoma diagnosed by a non-dermatologist, according to a report.

Estimates suggest that melanoma will affect 1 in 52 men and 1 in 77 women in the United States during their lifetimes, according to background information in the article. If melanoma is removed at an early stage, when the tumor is still relatively thin (less than 1 millimeter thick), patients have a 90 percent cure rate. However, metastastic melanoma that has spread to other areas usually requires both surgery// and chemotherapy and five-year survival rates are less than 20 percent. "From a health policy perspective, whether a difference in melanoma outcome is associated with a patient’s physician type (specifically, dermatologists vs. non-dermatologists) is of particular interest to this discussion," the authors write.

Michelle L. Pennie, M.D., Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, and colleagues attempted to determine whether such a difference exists using data from two sources: Medicare enrollment and claims files from the government and a National Cancer Institute (NCI) database that includes information about patients’ demographics, date of diagnosis, stage of cancer at diagnosis and date of death. The researchers linked records from the two databases for 2,020 patients, comparing codes for different kinds of physician visits in the Medicare database to cancer diagnoses and outcomes in the NCI database.

Of the 2,020 patients, 1,467 (73 percent) were diagnosed with melanoma by a dermatologist and 553 (27 percent) were diagnosed by a non-dermatologist. Tumors diagnosed by dermatologists were thinner on average than those diagnosed by non-dermatologists (.86 millimeters vs. 1 millimeter). "We also looked at melanoma stage at diagnosis and observed significant differences between provider types, with a preponderance of thin melanoma (stage zero, or stage I or II) in the dermatologist group and a preponderance of thick melanoma (stage III or stage IV) in the non-dermatologist group," the authors write.

After six months, two years and five years, patients whose cancer was diagnosed by a dermatologist had a higher survival rate than those diagnosed by a non-dermatologist. "The two-year and five-year survival rates were 86.5 percent and 73.9 percent for the dermatologist group compared with 78.8 percent and 68.7 percent for the non-dermatologist group," the authors write. "When looking at the mortality rates by cause of death, both groups had similar non-cancer–related mortality rates. However, the dermatologist group had lower cancer-related mortality rates and a lower overall mortality rate."

Patients who visited dermatologists most likely had higher survival rates because their tumors were thinner and detected earlier, the authors note. "Although the difference between a melanoma that is .86 millimeters thick and one that is 1 millimeter thick does not correlate with different clinical stages, tumor thickness is a powerful predictor of patient survival and a likely driver of the outcomes we observed," the authors write.

"These results suggest that increasing access to dermatologists, particularly for older patients who have higher rates of melanoma, may represent one approach to improving melanoma-related health outcomes from a health policy perspective," the authors conclude.


Related medicine news :

1. Chances are high for Avian Influenza virus altering its form
2. Obesity Can Increase The Chances Of Injuries
3. Going Down The Social Ladder Increases The Chances Of Male Depression.
4. Gum Disease Increases Chances Of Pre-Term Birth
5. Fertility Treatment Offered During Summer Has Better Chances For Success
6. Dummies Serve To Reduce Chances Of SIDS
7. Vitamin D Reduces Chances of Colon, Breast And Ovarian Cancers by 50%
8. Chances Of Getting Cancer Can Be Reduced By Hysterectomy
9. Face Transplant Patient Jeopardizing Chances of Recovery By Smoking
10. Mental Activity Reduces Chances Of Dementia
11. Smoking Increases Chances Of Needing Root Canal Treatment
Post Your Comments:

(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... According to an ... changing the way that they are handling security in light of the recent terrorist ... presence in an attempt to stop an attack from reaching U.S. soil. Especially around ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... Lizzie’s Lice ... The company is offering customers 10% off of their purchase of lice treatment product. ... at full price. According to a company spokesperson. “Finding lice is a sure way ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... DE (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... member of the well-respected Microsoft Dynamics SL User Group (MSDSLUG). Recognized as Microsoft’s ... an independent group of Microsoft Dynamics SL software users, partners, industry experts and ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... most successful and prominent nonprofit healthcare organizations in the country. They have overseen ... various organizations, and helped advance the healthcare industry as a whole through their ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Vegas, NV (PRWEB) , ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... shopping strategy. Many customers choose to buy during the Black Friday and Cyber ... gifts. Shoppers don’t need to search the Internet high and low to find the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... Nov. 25, 2015 On Tuesday, November ... bellwether trial against Wright Medical Technology, Inc. for ... Conserve metal-on-metal hip implant device, awarded $11 million ... two week trial and three days of deliberations, ... device was defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous, and ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Nov. 25, 2015  Henry Schein, Inc., the world,s ... office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, will unveil ... Henry Schein ConnectDental® Pavilion , which brings together ... open solutions designed to help any practice or laboratory ... for a schedule of experts appearing at the ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... plc (NYSE: AGN ) today announced that it has ... Attorney General,s Office to end the litigation under ... the Attorney General over the decision of Forest Laboratories, Inc., ... now generic version of memantine immediate release tablets.  Under the ... counterclaims against New York , and has ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: