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Published on 9 February 2012

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Cutaneous malignant melanoma

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Bethan Tranter, MSc, BPharm(Hons), MRPharmS

Chief Phamacist, Velindre Cancer Centre

Cardiff, Wales, UK

Satish Kumar, MD, MRCP

Consultant Medical Oncologist, Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff, Wales, UK

Malignant melanoma is amongst the commonest cancers that occur in adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 29 years. Importantly, the disease has shown increases in incidence rates that are amongst the highest of all cancers. In the UK, melanoma is diagnosed at a mean age of around 50 years, but approximately 20% of cases occur in young adults aged between 15 and 39 years. Five-year survival rates are approximately 40



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