What are the racial predilections of cutaneous melanoma?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Susan M Swetter, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Melanoma is primarily a malignancy of white individuals, with an annual incidence of 26 cases per 100,000 population in 2017. [18] African American persons develop melanoma approximately one twentieth as frequently as white persons (annual incidence rate of 1 case per 100,000 population in 2017), and the prevalence in Hispanic persons is approximately one fifth of that in white persons (annual incidence 5 cases per 100,000 population in 2017). However, mortality rates are higher in African Americans and Hispanics, who are more likely to have acral melanoma and advanced disease at presentation.

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