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May 1997

Melanoma Incidence: If It Quacks Like a Duck

Author Affiliations

Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology New York University School of Medicine 35 E 35th St, Suite 208 New York, NY 10016

New York

Evanston, Ill

Memphis, Tenn

Arch Dermatol. 1997;133(5):656-658. doi:10.1001/archderm.1997.03890410120022

Malignant melanoma presents a serious public health problem in the United States. Currently, malignant melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the United States.1 In this era of concerns regarding health care expenditures, it has been estimated that more than $1 billion was spent on melanoma treatment in the United States in 1990.2

In the August 1996 issue of the Archives, Swerlick and Chen3 present a viewpoint that implies that the "perceived" rise in melanoma incidence is caused by dermatologists' efforts in screening and public education. Un