Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Malignant Melanoma Incidence

Facts about malignant melanoma:

  • Melanoma is the sixth most common cause of cancer in the US.
  • One in seventy people will develop melanoma in their lifetime.
  • About 1 out of 20,000 people have melanoma.
  • The incidence of melanoma is increasing.
  • Melanoma rates are rising faster than any cancer in men and are second only to lung cancer in women.
  • Over the age of 40 melanoma is more common in men than in women.
  • From birth to age 39 melanoma is more common in women.
  • The median age for diagnosis is 53 years
    • Melanoma is the most common cancer in women aged 25 to 29 and is second only to breast cancer in women aged 30 to 34.

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Last Updated: Oct 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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