Melanoma Deaths

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Research that focused on melanoma deaths found that male teens and young adults have a higher death rate than females. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the studys findings in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Male teens and young adults are more likely to die of melanoma skin cancer than females.

Researchers reviewed data from more than 26,000 Caucasian patients, aged 15 to 39, in the United States who were diagnosed with melanoma between 1989 and 2009.

During the follow-up, there were nearly 1,600 melanoma-related deaths. Although males made up about 40 percent of the melanoma patients, they accounted for more than 63 percent of the deaths, according to the study.

After adjusting for various factors, the investigators concluded that males were 55 percent more likely to die of melanoma than females.

Continued public health efforts are needed to raise young mens awareness of the dangers of melanoma.

Researchers emphasized the importance of early detection strategies for young men and encouraged further investigation of the biological disparity in deaths.

Melanoma is the third most common type of cancer in American teens and young adults. While less common than other skin cancers, melanoma is much more dangerous if it is not found early.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.