Men more likely to die from malignant melanoma than women

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 22 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5246
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1London

Many more men than women are dying from malignant melanoma, according to the latest figures from Cancer Research UK, despite the fact that similar numbers are being diagnosed each year.

The latest data1 show that 3.4 men (95% confidence interval 3.2 to 3.5) per 100 000 died in 2011, compared with two women (1.8 to 2.1) per 100 000, meaning that the death rate in men was 70% higher. Yet the incidence of melanoma is similar, with 17.2 …

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