Melanoma Mortality Rates: Women Fare Better Than Men

iStock

Worldwide death rates from malignant melanoma — the most serious type of skin cancer — are increasing in men in all but one of 33 countries studied but are remaining steady or falling in women, according to research presented at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) was used in this research.

Researchers analyzed melanoma mortality rates standardized by age from 1985 to 2015, comparing rates and trends for men and women. Death rates were higher in men in all countries, and the highest rates from 2013-2015 were in Australia (5.72 per 100,000 men and 2.53 per 100,000 in women) and Slovenia (3.86 in men and 2.58 in women). The lowest rates were in Japan (0.24 in men and 0.18 in women), and the Czech Republic was the only country where the melanoma death rate in men decreased (by 0.7 percent between 1985 and 2015).

More studies are needed to understand these trends, but because the primary risk factor for melanoma is unprotected sun exposure, better public health efforts targeted to sun safety in men may help.

Sourced from: NCRI Cancer Conference