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Reported July 2, 2013

Melanoma Mortality More Likely in Young Males Than Females

(Ivanhoe Newswire)—New research from Stanford University Medical Center shows that in white young adults with melanoma, mortality rates are higher in males than females.

Even though melanoma is the third most common cancer in young adults and adolescents, few studies have explored the differences in sex. “Focusing on sex disparities in survival among younger individuals may provide further evidence of biological rather than behavioral factors that affect melanoma outcome,” Christina S. Gamba, MD, of the Stanford University Medical Center, California, and her colleagues, were quoted as saying.

The study included 26,107 white young adults and adolescents with a primary invasive melanoma of the skin who were diagnosed from January 1989 through December 2009.  After an average follow-up of 7.5 years, 1,561 people died from melanoma. White young adult males were 55 percent more likely to die of melanoma than females. 

For more information, go to: http://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/among-white-adolescents-young-adults-with-melanoma-males-have-higher-mortality-than-females/

SOURCE: JAMA Dermatology, June 2013

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