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Men and Melanoma



            While melanoma rates are declining among younger people, recent research also suggests that the incidence of this potentially deadly form of skin cancer is rising among older adults, especially older men. According to data from two large registries on melanoma rates among non-Hispanic white men and women between January 2005 and December 2014, more than 70% of melanomas were diagnosed in people aged 55 years and older. While males between ages 15 and 24 had melanoma rates of 2.0 per 100,000, the rate for those between the ages of 65 and 74 was 117.3 per 100,000. The rate for those between the ages of 75 and 84 was 174.6 per 100,000, and 198.3 per 100,000 for those 85 and older.  If you would like to schedule an appointment, please tap on "Request Appointment" at the top of our webpage. 


P.S. Because accumulated exposure to sun is a primary risk factor for developing skin cancer, older individuals potentially have more reason than younger adults to protect their skin from the sun and get regular skin checks.

Dr. Michael Freeman

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