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Neoplasma Vol.60, No.6, p.706-713, 2013

Title: Recent patterns in cutaneous melanoma descriptive epidemiology in the Slovak Republic

Abstract: An increase in melanoma incidence in the Slovak Republic (SR) is evident during approximately the same time and maybe caused by changes in socio-economic status. The paper analyses national trends in incidence, mortality, survival and clinical stages of invasive cutaneous melanoma in the SR from 1968-2007. The trends in incidence and mortality have been extracted between 1968-2007 period by the joinpoint regression analysis, clinical stages were analysed in 1978-2003. Survival data were extracted from the national database resources. Socio-economic changes, which reflected in increase in the number of holidaymakers to seaside and mountainous destinations happened in the country in the y.1989. Subsequently, according to joinpoint in 1997, acceleration of increment of the incidence values of melanoma was recorded in both sexes. Mortality was increasing in males continuously, in females the stabilization was registered after the year 1999. Lower rates of relative survival might be influenced by delayed accessibility to adjuvant treatment. The number of cases diagnosed in clinical stage I increased significantly. The changes in the intensity and excessive sunbathing during vacations might be one of many factors that participate in subsequent acceleration of the increment of incidence not only in the SR.

Keywords: cutaneous melanoma – epidemiology, incidence, mortality, clinical stages, survival
Published online: 01-Aug-2013
Year: 2013, Volume: 60, Issue: 6 Page From: 706, Page To: 713

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