Department of Public Health Sciences

Cutaneous melanoma among Hispanic and non-Hispanic white men and women in California, 1988-1993

Cress RD, Davidson-Sawyer K

Journal of Registry Management. 1996. 23(1):24-7.

Cress, Rosemary D., Davidson-Sawyer, Kathleen Cutaneous melanoma among Hispanic and non-Hispanic white men and women in California, 1988-1993 2/1/1996 23 1 24-27 A review was conducte of data contained in the California Cancer Registry, a popultion-based registry, for subjects diagnosed with cutaneous malignant melanoma between 1988 and 1993. A total of 7522 cases of in situ melanoma and 20 340 cases of invasive cutaneous melanoma were diagnosed among residents of California and reported to the regional registries. The majority of cases occured in non-Hispanic white men and women and were identified through hospital sources. Hispanic men were more likely that non-Hispance white men to be diagnosed with late-stage melanoma and had a higher proportion of melanoma on the lower extremities. Among subjects with invasive melanoma, histologic type was coded 'Melanoma', NOS for 45.1% of the cases, and data on tumor thickness were not coded for 39.1% of cases. Although more aggressive casefinding by regional registries may have improved melanoma case ascertainment, missing histologic information limits use of cancer registy data by researchers and needs to be addressed. malignant melanoma, Hispanics, cancer incidence, ethnicity, race, population-based registry

Keywords: malignant melanoma, Hispanics, cancer incidence, ethnicity, race, population-based registry



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