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April 5, 2006

Risk of Multiple Primary Melanomas

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(13):1516. doi:10.1001/jama.295.13.1516-b

To the Editor: Dr Ferrone and colleagues1 described the clinicopathological features of patients with multiple primary melanomas (MPMs) using a single institution's database. The study found that the incidence of MPM is increased in patients with a personal history of dysplastic nevi, a family history of melanoma, or both, and concluded that these patients should undergo intensive screening. There are some important issues that the article did not address.

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