Melanoma is less common, but the deadliest types of skin cancer. A new research letter published online by JAMA Dermatology compares melanoma death and incidence by states and in four geographic regions.
Melanoma death and incidence rates vary among states, partly because of demographic differences.
Robert P. Dellavalle of the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, and coauthors used a publicly available database to analyze melanoma death and incidence rates by state and geographic region. Researchers report:
"Promoting greater awareness of skin cancer through public health programs has been associated with increased documentation and incidence rates. Lower death rates may further indicate that better treatment may be prolonging the life of patients with melanoma. Further research into the prevalence of melanoma in these four geographic regions is needed," the article concludes.