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August 1990

Malignant Melanoma of the Skin—New Jersey, 1979-1985

Arch Dermatol. 1990;126(8):1001. doi:10.1001/archderm.1990.01670320021001

Each year, several thousand New Jersey residents are diagnosed with skin cancer. Although most types of skin cancer can be treated successfully, one—malignant melanoma— has a high mortality rate. This report summarizes a study by the New Jersey State Department of Health (NJSDH) that examined the incidence and mortality rates for malignant melanoma in New Jersey residents from 1979 through 1985 and compared those rates with U.S. rates for the same period.1

Incidence data were obtained from the New Jersey State Cancer Registry (NJSCR) and analyzed by the NJSDH's Data Applications Program. The melanoma incidence data include all cases reported to the NJSCR from hospitals, laboratories, and private practitioners and cases identified through New Jersey death certificate matching. The mortality data were extracted from the state's vital statistics mortality data tapes and included cases of malignant melanoma of the skin (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, rubrics 172.0-172.9) listed

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