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Research Letter
March 2017

Comparison of Regional and State Differences in Melanoma Rates in the United States2003 vs 2013

Author Affiliations
  • 1Dermatology Service, Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Denver, Colorado
  • 2Department of Dermatology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora
  • 3Department of Dermatology, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(3):345-347. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.4625

Skin cancer remains the most common cancer in the United States despite ongoing efforts to address this major public health problem.1 The mortality rate of melanoma, with more than 9000 deaths occurring annually, continues to increase faster than the rate associated with any other preventable cancer.13 Melanoma death and incidence rates vary among states, in part because of the differences in regional demographics.4 To further characterize the effect of melanoma in the United States, we compared 2003 trends with 2013 trends in the death and incidence rates in each state and by geographic region.

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