Melanoma rate in Conn. increased 2,000% since 1950

11/26/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

From 1950 to 2007, the melanoma incidence rate in Connecticut increased 2,000%, and mortality rates doubled in women and tripled in men, researchers report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The trend is not due solely to improved reporting and detection, the researchers wrote. "We are confident that the overall trends in both incidence and mortality are real," they wrote. "Large-scale educational and screening campaigns targeting high-risk populations in the United States must be implemented to drive down the incidence and mortality of this preventable cancer."

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