Global skin cancer deaths rising for men, but not women, study says

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(CNN) — Men are dying at a higher rate than women from melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer, a new global analysis said.

Over the last three decades, male deaths from melanoma were higher than female deaths in 33 countries, according to the analysis presented Sunday at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference in Glasgow. Rates among women have either stabilized or decreased.

The study focused on 33 developed countries in Europe, North America and Australasia, as they had the most reliable data.

The researchers “wanted to conduct an up-to-date analysis of recent melanoma mortality rates across the world to try to understand these patterns, and whether new diagnosis, treatment and prevention strategies are having any effect,” said Dr. Dorothy Yang, a junior doctor at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, who led the research. (…)

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