What are the morbidity rates for cutaneous melanoma in the US?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Susan M Swetter, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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While melanoma accounts for roughly 4% of all skin cancers, it is responsible for nearly 75% of skin cancer deaths. In the United States, one person each hour dies from metastatic disease. Treatment of melanoma in its early stages provides the best opportunity for cure.

US mortality/morbidity

An estimated 9,730 deaths will occur in 2017 (6,380 men and 3,350 women). [18] Analysis of US Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data from 1969-1999 has demonstrated a disproportionate burden of melanoma deaths among middle-aged and older white men. While melanoma mortality rates have fallen 39% in women and 29% in men aged 20-44 years over this period, they have increased 66% in men aged 45-64 years and 157% in older men (>65 y). [24] Incidence data generally parallel mortality data and have shown a 3-fold increase in middle-aged men and a 5-fold increase in older men over a similar period. Subsequent analyses continue to demonstrate the highest incidence and mortality rates in older white men in the United States.

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