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April 1992

Death Rates of Malignant Melanoma Among White Men—United States, 1973-1988

Arch Dermatol. 1992;128(4):451-452. doi:10.1001/archderm.1992.01680140021001

Since 1973, death rates for malignant melanoma (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, codes 172.0-172.9) have increased in the United States and other countries; this increase has occurred disproportionately among white men.1,2 To develop hypotheses on the etiology of this increase, the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health and CDC reviewed data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute and other existing databases. This report summarizes patterns of malignant melanoma among whites in the United States from 1973 through 1988 and suggests possible causes for these patterns.*

National incidence and death rates were obtained from the SEER Program. The SEER Program comprises cases from population-based cancer registries throughout the United States** that represent an estimated 9.6% of the U.S. population. The SEER Program also publishes death rates based on a public-use data tape from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

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