The ongoing racial disparities in melanoma: an analysis of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database (SEER) database (1975-2016)

Source: urbanhealthToday, August 2020

Although the majority of cutaneous melanoma patients are non-Hispanic white (NHW), minorities consistently suffer worse melanoma specific survival (MSS). Much of the literature comes from analyses of registries from the 1990s and 2000s.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether and to what degree racial disparity in MSS persists since 2010.

METHODS: We analyzed 381,035 patients from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) registry. Race categories included Hispanic, NHW, non-Hispanic black (NHB), non-Hispanic Asian or Pacific Islander (NHAPI), and non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native (NHAIAN).