Melanoma incidence trends

Dermatol Clin. 2002 Oct;20(4):589-95, vii. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8635(02)00037-2.


This article describes melanoma as an important health concern because of its rapid and continuous growth in many parts of the world. In the United States, a persistent increase in incidence is seen, which has started to slow in recent years. In some countries, differing trends are seen in younger people, with incidence and mortality rates leveling off or decreasing in this population. This article describes that despite this leveling off, melanoma incidence is likely to continue to rise in the near future, because rates are still increasing in older people who comprise most of those afflicted with melanoma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Melanoma / diagnosis
  • Melanoma / epidemiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Registries
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • SEER Program
  • Sex Distribution
  • Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Skin Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Survival Analysis
  • World Health Organization