What is the prevalence of melanoma in the US?

Updated: Jun 28, 2021
  • Author: Jonathan B Heistein, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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In the United States, the incidence of melanoma continues to increase, with the prevalence of trunk and extremity lesions rising relatively faster than that of head and neck lesions; however, survival rates are improving. An estimated 34,100 people developed melanoma in the United States in 1995, with 7,200 deaths. This is an increase from the 27,600 new cases in 1990 and the 6,300 deaths. Furthermore, approximately 44,200 new melanoma diagnoses were made in 1999, and approximately 7,300 deaths were reported. An estimated 62,480 new cases of melanoma will occur in the United States in 2008, with 8,420 deaths. [2] Currently, in the United States, approximately 1 in 50 white persons, 1 in 1,000 black persons, and 1 in 200 Hispanic persons develops melanoma at some point in his or her lifetime. [2]


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