Comparative mortality of patients diagnosed with localized and in situ melanomas.

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  • BACKGROUND: The rates for incidence and mortality from melanoma are continuing to rise, although long term survival experience for patients with in situ and localized melanomas is favorable. RESULTS: Excess mortality varied with age at diagnosis, sex, duration since diagnosis and tumor thickness. CONCLUSIONS: Compared to the general white population in the United States, patients with localized melanoma experience a mild increase in Excess Death Rates (EDRs) the first year following diagnosis. For 1-5 years following diagnosis the EDRs are markedly increased across all age groups and decline thereafter. At 15-20 years following diagnosis the EDRS are not elevated except among patients < 40 years of age at diagnosis. Patients with tumors > 1.5 mm thick have mild to moderate increases in EDR for the first year following diagnosis, and extremely high EDRs up to 5 years. There is no elevation in mortality ratios or EDR for patients diagnosed with in situ melanomas.
  • Author List

  • Harrison RA; Soong SJ; Lee JA
  • Start Page

  • 157
  • End Page

  • 168
  • Volume

  • 30
  • Issue

  • 3