Multiple Myeloma May Increase Incidence of Melanoma

Source: Dermatology Times, May 2022

Patients with multiple myeloma (MM) may be more likely to develop melanoma than the general population, according to a poster presented at 2022 American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting. They also may face a higher overall but not melanomas-specific mortality rate, the findings showed.

These results were based on an analysis of publicly available data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) 18 Registries, November 2020 submission. The study assessed data on 79,174 patients with MM, 261 of whom developed at least 1 melanoma.

Factors the researchers examined in this cohort of 177 men and 84 women included: sex, age at MM diagnosis, race, Hispanic origin, household income, urban versus rural geographic location, anatomic location of the tumor(s), Breslow thickness, all-cause mortality, melanoma-specific mortality, and survival duration.