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US melanoma prevalence has doubled over past 30 years

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 04 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3074
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The prevalence of melanoma in the United States has doubled over the three decades from 1982 to 2011, from 11.2 per 100 000 population to 22.7 per 100 000, says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Without effective prevention efforts in the community this rate will continue to rise, the CDC has warned.1

Each year more than 65 000 people in the US are given a new diagnosis of invasive melanoma of the skin, and about …

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