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Books, Journals, New Media
April 13, 2005

Melanoma

Author Affiliations
 

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(14):1798-1802. doi:10.1001/jama.293.14.1800

The alarming rise in the incidence of malignant melanoma has been a worldwide phenomenon. Among persons born 20 years ago, one of 100 would eventually get melanoma; that has increased to around one in 65 to 70 people born now.

The condition is notable for its relationship to sun exposure, its familial predilection, and frustrations with treating advanced disease despite its unique metabolic pigment pathway. These phenomena have made malignant melanoma a tumor of prime concern for diagnosis and treatment by clinicians and for the unraveling of its pathophysiology by basic scientists.

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