Age-related Variations Found in Melanoma Treatment
(Ivanhoe Newswire) –Elderly people have the highest incidence of melanoma and life expectancy is increasing in most developed countries. Scientists from Unité d’Aide Méthodologique, Hôpital Robert Debré, Reims, France, added to this research by observing age-related variations in treatment of melanoma and its management in the elderly compared to younger patients.
The study included over 1,600 patients with stage I or stage II melanoma in 2004 and 2008. Researchers found that older patients had more frequent melanomas involving the head and neck (29.4 percent vs. 8.7 percent); thicker and more frequently ulcerated tumors; and diagnosis of the melanoma occurred more often in a general practice setting and less often in direct consultation with a dermatologist or regular screening for skin cancer. Also, Adjuvant (auxiliary) therapy was started less frequently in older patients and was prematurely stopped in a higher proportion of that population
“Age-related variations are observed at every step of melanoma management. The most important concerns are access of elderly people to settings for early diagnosis and excision with appropriate margins,” Dragos Ciocan, MD, and colleagues were quoted as saying.
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SOURCE: JAMA Dermatology, August 2013
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