Melanoma Institute Australia

Men's heads vs women's legs: Melanoma risk is different for men and women

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Young Aussie women have higher rates of melanoma than men but by our mid to late forties, men take the lead and have higher rates than women. These sex differences are related to the locations of the tumours with higher rates of leg melanoma in young women, and higher rates of head and neck melanoma in men in later life.The study, which looked at seven countries, including Australia, found that the age at which the melanoma incidence in men exceeded the melanoma incidence in women differed by population, but the switch occurred earliest in Australia, at 45-49 years, and latest in Denmark.

Journal/conference: JAMA Dermatology

DOI: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2020.0470

Organisation/s: QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, The University of Queensland, Melanoma Institute Australia, The University of Sydney

Funder: This work was supported by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia grants APP1073898 and APP1058522 to Dr Whiteman.

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