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Melanoma Research – Sex differences in survival of cutaneous melanoma are age dependent

31 May

Came across an interesting article in the latest issue of the Melanoma Research journal regarding differences in survival rates based on sex. It has been previously observed that women have a better survival rate for melanoma than men. This has also been observed in other cancers such as lung adenocarcinoma and colon cancer.

The study reveals that the slight survival benefit women with melanoma experience, disappears after the age of 60. This is mirrored, but also conflicts with other studies referenced within the article.

Proposed reasons for this female survival benefit include women being more prudent in the personal examination of the skin, women having a greater percentage of lower limbs melanomas which are associated with a better prognosis and immune gender differences.

Below is a link to the article abstract

http://journals.lww.com/melanomaresearch/Abstract/2011/06000/Sex_differences_in_survival_of_cutaneous_melanoma.11.aspx

 I recommend getting the whole article if it is possible.

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