Melanoma Is Far Deadlier in Black Men Than Other Groups, Study Suggests

Source: Time, July 2023

Of all the major cancers diagnosed in the U.S., the skin cancer melanoma has one of the highest survival rates.

But all melanoma diagnoses aren’t created equal. Survival rates vary widely by race, as shown by research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology today (July 11). Black men diagnosed with melanoma have about a 26% higher risk of dying than white men with the cancer, according to the study.

The study focused specifically on men with melanoma, who have been shown to have lower chances of surviving than women with the disease. Researchers analyzed data from more than 205,000 U.S. men diagnosed with melanoma from 2004 to 2018, in what co-author Dr. Ashley Wysong, chair of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s dermatology department, says she believes is the largest published study of melanoma in U.S. men.