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Invited Commentary
Practice Gaps
October 2013

Delayed Treatment and Inadequate Surgical Margins for Invasive Melanoma in Elderly Patients

Author Affiliations
  • 1The Skin Surgery Center and Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 2The Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana, Carmel
  • 3Department of Dermatology, Indiana University, Indianapolis
JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(10):1158. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.4821

As melanoma incidence and mortality rise and as populations age in developed countries such as France and the United States, it becomes paramount for dermatologists to use diminishing resources judiciously to optimize melanoma management. Well-established guidelines of care, however, neither stratify nor adjust primary melanoma treatment according to patient age.1,2

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