Melanoma epidemic: true or false?

Int J Dermatol. 2004 Jun;43(6):405-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2004.02004.x.


Melanoma incidence has increased dramatically over the last decades in most industrial countries, mainly as a result of the large numbers of early melanomas being diagnosed. Simultaneously, a lack of commensurate change in mortality has been reported, raising the possibility that skin melanoma may have modified its aggressiveness as a result of the increased diagnosis of biologically benign lesions. The main data and controversies arising from the melanoma epidemic are reviewed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Melanoma / epidemiology*
  • Melanoma / etiology