Increasing Incidence of Melanoma Among Middle-Aged Adults

Jerry Brewer, MD, a dermatologic surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, discusses his article appearing in the January 2014 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, which noted increased survival rates in conjunction with a 24-fold increase in women and a 4.5 fold increase in men for incidences of melanoma, in Olmsted County, MN, demonstrating early diagnosis effectiveness and perhaps a correlation to the disease in decreased age-related hormone levels in women. Patients are encouraged to do regular self-skin exams.

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