Letters

Melanoma incidence has risen in Europe

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7518.698 (Published 22 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:698
  1. Esther de Vries, researcher (e.devries@erasmusmc.nl),
  2. Jan-Willem W Coebergh, professor of cancer surveillance
  1. Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, PO Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, the Netherlands

    EDITOR—Welch et al say that the increased incidence of cutaneous melanoma is a result of overdiagnosis because of increased diagnostic scrutiny, rather than an increase in the true occurrence.1 They observed that incidence rates of melanoma among American citizens aged 65 and older were strongly correlated with biopsy rates and that mortality from melanoma remained stable.

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