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Incidence of skin melanoma in Connecticut towns and counties, 1997-2003.
Conn Med 2007; 71(5):275-9CM

Abstract

Incidence rates for malignant melanoma of the skin have continued to rise in Connecticut and other populations covered by high-quality population-based cancer registries. Known risk factors include periodic intense exposure to ultraviolet radiation, such as excessive tanning efforts and sunburns. Numbers of melanomas diagnosed in 1997-2003 by town of residence in Connecticut were examined in relation to the numbers expected on the basis of statewide incidence rates. Of the 24 towns located directly on the ocean shoreline, 15 (62.5%) had a statistically significant elevated number of melanomas in males and/or females, or when data for both sexes were combined. Analysis of melanoma incidence rates by county showed considerable variation, with highest rates in New London county. Primary prevention efforts for both children and adults should include physician advice for high-risk patients regarding excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation, and statewide public health efforts that take into account the geographic patterns.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Connecticut Tumor Registry, Connecticut Department of Public Health, Hartford, Hartford 06134-0308, USA. anthony.polednak@po.state.ct.us

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Multicenter Study
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17526383

Citation

Polednak, Anthony P.. "Incidence of Skin Melanoma in Connecticut Towns and Counties, 1997-2003." Connecticut Medicine, vol. 71, no. 5, 2007, pp. 275-9.
Polednak AP. Incidence of skin melanoma in Connecticut towns and counties, 1997-2003. Conn Med. 2007;71(5):275-9.
Polednak, A. P. (2007). Incidence of skin melanoma in Connecticut towns and counties, 1997-2003. Connecticut Medicine, 71(5), pp. 275-9.
Polednak AP. Incidence of Skin Melanoma in Connecticut Towns and Counties, 1997-2003. Conn Med. 2007;71(5):275-9. PubMed PMID: 17526383.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Incidence of skin melanoma in Connecticut towns and counties, 1997-2003. A1 - Polednak,Anthony P, PY - 2007/5/29/pubmed PY - 2007/7/4/medline PY - 2007/5/29/entrez SP - 275 EP - 9 JF - Connecticut medicine JO - Conn Med VL - 71 IS - 5 N2 - Incidence rates for malignant melanoma of the skin have continued to rise in Connecticut and other populations covered by high-quality population-based cancer registries. Known risk factors include periodic intense exposure to ultraviolet radiation, such as excessive tanning efforts and sunburns. Numbers of melanomas diagnosed in 1997-2003 by town of residence in Connecticut were examined in relation to the numbers expected on the basis of statewide incidence rates. Of the 24 towns located directly on the ocean shoreline, 15 (62.5%) had a statistically significant elevated number of melanomas in males and/or females, or when data for both sexes were combined. Analysis of melanoma incidence rates by county showed considerable variation, with highest rates in New London county. Primary prevention efforts for both children and adults should include physician advice for high-risk patients regarding excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation, and statewide public health efforts that take into account the geographic patterns. SN - 0010-6178 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17526383/Incidence_of_skin_melanoma_in_Connecticut_towns_and_counties_1997_2003_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/skincancer.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -