The melanoma epidemic

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7042.1362b (Published 25 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1362

Excess exposure to ultraviolet light is established as major risk factor

  1. Rona M Mackie,
  2. Robin Marks,
  3. Adele Green
  1. Professor Department of Dermatology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ
  2. Professor of dermatology Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, St Vincent's Hospital, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065, Australia
  3. Senior epidemiologist Queensland Institute for Medical Research, Brisbane, Queensland 4006, Australia

    EDITOR,—Jonathan L Rees confuses histological nomenclature of early malignant melanoma and the relation between the risk of melanoma and exposure to the sun.1 We need to separate the steadily increasing incidence of melanoma in all countries over the past 40 years from reported short term dramatic increases in localised areas. The short term increases are usually associated with increased awareness resulting in attention being drawn to melanomas that may have started to develop 10-20 years previously. The long term increase, however, is not an artefact and is causally related to exposure …

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