Trends in malignant melanoma mortality in 31 countries from 1985 to 2015

Source: MDLinx, April 2020

Using the World Health Organization (WHO) Mortality Database, researchers sought to delineate malignant melanoma (MM) mortality trends between 1985 and 2015. Among 31 included countries, increased age?standardized death rates (ASDRs) in males was reported in all, except the Czech Republic, over the observation period. Decreased or stable MM mortality in females was reported in more countries. For 2013–2015, the median mortality rate of 2·57 deaths per 100,000 for males and 1·55 per 100,000 for females was reported. The highest ASDRs for males were reported in Australia and Norway (5·72 per 100,000 and 4·55 per 100,000, respectively). The highest ASDRs for females were reported in Norway and Slovenia (3·02 per 100,000 and 2·58 per 100,000, respectively). Increase in gender disparity was observed across the period. Several countries also exhibited disparity in mortality between older and younger cohorts.