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Reported April 2, 2014

Men Living Alone More Likely to Die from Melanoma

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A Swedish study has found that single men who live alone are more likely to die from melanoma, regardless of age, education level, or where they live.

Researchers at the Karolinska Institutet and Linköping University studied data from the Swedish Melanoma Register, which included more than 27,000 melanoma patients diagnosed between 1990 and 2007. They found men who were single and lived alone had a higher risk of dying than any other group, even after accounting for other factors. This is likely because a good prognosis for melanoma is often dependent on early detection. Researchers also found older women who live alone generally have a more advanced disease at diagnosis, but as a group, single women living alone had no effect on their prognosis.

“This points to a need for targeted interventions for earlier detection of cutaneous malignant melanoma in men and older individuals since this is critical for surviving the disease,” study author Hanna Eriksson, PhD at the Department of Oncology-Pathology, Karolinska Institutet, was quoted as saying. By way of example, procedures are needed for skin examinations of these patients in connection with other doctor visits or check-ups.”

For more information, go to: http://news.cision.com/karolinska-institutet/r/higher-risk-of-death-from-skin-cancer-among-men-living-alone,c9561567

SOURCE: Journal of Clinical Oncology, April 2014

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