Melanoma

  • C. D. ShermanJr.
Part of the UICC International Union Against Cancer book series (UICCI)

Abstract

Melanoma is particularly important to study because:
  1. 1.

    It is rapidly increasing in incidence over the world. In the USA, the incidence has doubled every 15 years since 1930 to the current rate of 7 per 100,000. In the clear sunny skies of the US southwest, the incidence is 25 per 100,000 which is about the same as in Queensland, Australia.

     
  2. 2.

    It is quite clear that early diagnosis results in markedly increased cure rates.

     
  3. 3.

    It illustrates the value of both public and professional education, which in Queensland has resulted in cure rates of over 80%.

     

Keywords

Toxicity Europe Oncol Sarcoma Interferon 

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