Epidemiologic and Etiologic Considerations in Malignant Melanoma

  • Larry Nathanson
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 9)


Hippocrates first described melanoma in the fifth century B.C., and the disease has been identified in mummies of the pre-Columbian Incas of Peru [1]. The disease was first identified in the modern literature by Laennec, in 1806, and by Norris in the English literature in 1820 [2]. The English name melanoma was given to the disease by Carswell in 1838. The pathology of the disease, and its natural history, was first described by Handley in 1907 [3] and appropriate surgical management by Spencer in 1923 [4]. The literature describing every ramification of this disease has been profuse in modern times, and appears to far outmeasure its incidence rate.


Melanoma Patient Cutaneous Melanoma Primary Melanoma Dysplastic Nevus Superficial Spreading Melanoma 
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