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Tumor Screening and Biology in Malignant Melanomas

Lucia Pozo, MD, PhD; Salvador J. Diaz-Cano, MD, PhD
Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(7):934-935. doi:.
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We read with interest the recent article and editorial that emphasize the increasing incidence of thin malignant melanomas (MMs).1,2 Similar results have been reported in different institutions,2 and that is certainly our experience as well. The analysis of those data highlights interrelated aspects of public health (screening) and tumor biology.

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Distribution of atypical (dysplastic) melanocytic nevi (AMN) diagnosed between 1989 and 1998 at St Bartholomew's and the London National Health System Trust, London, England. The highest incidence was observed between 1993 and 1996 following the advent of the consensus on diagnostic criteria of AMN (published in 1991). The decreased incidence in 1997 and 1998 correlated with an increased rate of melanoma in situ.

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