Journal article

SURVIVAL AMONG PATIENTS WITH CLINICAL STAGE-I CUTANEOUS MALIGNANT-MELANOMA DIAGNOSED IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA IN 1975/1976 AND 1980/1981

PJ HEENAN, DR ENGLISH, C DARCY, J HOLMAN, BK ARMSTRONG

CANCER | WILEY | Published : 1991

Abstract

Five-year survival rates were slightly higher for patients with cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) diagnosed in Western Australia in 1980/1981 (89% in men and 95% in women) than in those whose melanomas were diagnosed in 1975/1976 (88% in men and 91% in women). The improvement in survival was probably due to a decrease in median tumor thickness from 1.29 mm in 1975/1976 to 0.77 mm in 1980/1981 because tumor thickness was the most important histologic index of prognosis. Tumor cell type and cross-sectional profile were the only other histologic characteristics that independently influenced fatality rates. Prognosis was significantly worse in males than in females and in patients with tumors o..

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