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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
July 28, 2015

Rapid Growth in Melanoma Rate

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JAMA. 2015;314(4):332. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.7911

Melanoma rates in the United States doubled between 1982 and 2011, when 65 647 cases were reported. Comprehensive skin cancer prevention programs, however, could prevent 230 000 new melanoma cases between 2020 and 2030, saving $2.7 billion in treatment costs.

According to data from CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program, the incidence of melanoma increased from 11.2 cases per 100 000 population in 1982 to 22.7 cases per 100 000 in 2011, with mortality stable at about 9000 deaths annually (Guy Jr. GP et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015;64[21]:591-596).