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January 1969

Malignant Melanoma: A Controlled Study of Possibly Associated Factors

Author Affiliations

New York

From the Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine and the Oncology Section, Skin and Cancer Unit, University Hospital, New York University Medical Center (Drs. Gellin and Kopf) and the Epidemiology and Statistics Department, American Cancer Society (Mr. Garfinkel). Dr. Gellin is now at the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Consumer Protection and Environmental Health Service, Environmental Control Administration, Occupational Health Program, Cincinnati.

Arch Dermatol. 1969;99(1):43-48. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610190049008

A group of 79 patients with histologically proven malignant melanoma was compared with an agesex matched, cancer-free, control group for certain phenotypic characteristics, environmental influence (outdoor exposure) and genetic cancerproneness. Statistical analysis of the data shows that there is a tendency for patients with malignant melanoma to have light complexions, light eyes, blond or red hair, and to spend a greater amount of time outdoors, when compared with the control group. There is close correlation of findings in these respects with our previously reported study of patients with basal-cell epithelioma.

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