Melanoma In Iran: A Retrospective 10-year Study | 46818
Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy
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Background: Melanoma, the most life-threatening type of skin cancer, is a malignant tumor initiating in melanocytes that rapidly
metastasizes and causes death.
Materials & Methods: In this retrospective study, samples were selected from patients’ information files in our Cancer Institute in
Tehran with a designed checklist. A total of 322 files were found from 2003 until 2012. Then the raw data were transferred to Statistical
Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software version 16 and additional analysis was performed by Students t-test. The important
variables were considered according to the available information from history of pathology including age, gender, occupation, stage
and location of tumor.
Results: Our data showed that incidence of melanoma has been different in the studied 10-year period according to age. Also,
incidence of melanoma was higher in men than women. It was more common in lower limbs. More commonly housewives among
women and farmers among men were affected by melanoma.
Conclusions: Taken together the descriptive data clarified general aspects of this disease for further screening and interventions.