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January 2000

Melanoma and Tumor Thickness

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(1):122. doi:

I read with great interest the article "Melanoma and Tumor Thickness," by Richard et al1 in the March 1999 issue of the ARCHIVES. However, important data were not included in the "Results" section to justify some conclusions. Specifically, the authors state "Melanoma was more often self-detected in female than in male patients (P = .05). They also state "The proportion of male patients with self-detected was lower than that with coincidentally diagnosed melanoma." Neither the numbers nor percentages of patients in these categories were included in the study. I believe publication of the actual data will help support their suggestion of a need for targeted publicity campaigns at self-detection in male patients.

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