Gender Ethnicracial And Life Span Considerations

Men have a 1:57 chance of developing melanoma; women have a 1:81 chance. The incidence of melanoma increases with age; 50% of cases occur in people who are older than age 50. Mortality rates are increasing most rapidly among European American men older than age 50. Although melanomas are rare in children, the incidence among today's younger people, however, is proportionally higher than among people of the same age decades ago. Melanoma is one of the most common cancers in people who are younger than age 30. European Americans have a 20 times higher risk factor for melanoma than do African Americans. Melanoma most often appears on the trunks of fair-skinned men and the lower legs of fair-skinned women; however, people with more darkly pigmented skin do develop melanoma on their palms, and soles and under the nails.

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