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Sex, Age, Race Affected SCC Risk Among Melanoma Patients

Sex, Age, Race Affected SCC Risk Among Melanoma Patients | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Approximately 12% of patients with melanoma developed subsequent squamous cell carcinoma, and the occurrence was more common among men, whites, older patients and those with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer, according to recent study results.


"Researchers studied 6,378 Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) members (mean age, 60.9 years; 56.6% men) who received a melanoma diagnosis between 2000 and 2005. The patients were followed through 2009, with 1,462 meeting criteria for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) pathology review. There were 766 patients with defined SCC (69.7% men)."

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Internet Use Linked to Cancer-Preventive Behaviors in Older Adults

Internet Use Linked to Cancer-Preventive Behaviors in Older Adults | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

A UK survey found that older individuals who use the Internet are more likely to engage in cancer-preventive behaviors. Adults aged 50 years and older who were regular Internet users were 50% more likely to get screened for colorectal cancer than non-users. They were also more physically active, smoked less, and ate more fruits and vegetables. Younger, wealthier, and more educated respondents were more likely to use the Internet, and fewer women and non-white survey participants used the Internet. However, the link between Internet use and cancer-preventive behaviors remained even after controlling for these factors. Given the apparent beneficial influence of Internet use on cancer outcomes, the survey’s authors urge policymakers to promote better Internet access for currently underserved demographics.

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Racial Disparities in Cancer Survival Persisted Over 20-Year Period

Racial Disparities in Cancer Survival Persisted Over 20-Year Period | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Race-based differences in cancer survival have not changed over time, and the disparities among black patients persist independent of treatment and disease stage, study results showed.


"Ayal A. Aizer, MD, MHS, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and colleagues used the SEER database to identify 2.7 million patients diagnosed with lung, breast, prostate or colorectal cancers between 1988 and 2007. The final analysis included more than 1 million patients."

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Cancer Patients Want to Be More Involved in Treatment Decisions

Cancer Patients Want to Be More Involved in Treatment Decisions | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

Some cancer patients feel that they do not have enough say in their treatment decisions, a recent survey from the UK reveals. While 70% of respondents felt satisfied with their level of involvement, patients with certain rarer cancer types expressed a wish for more participation in treatment decisions, including those with rectal, ovarian, multiple myeloma, and bladder cancers. The desire for greater involvement was also more common in younger patients and ethnic minorities. While the survey was performed in the UK, similar issues are likely to affect patients in other countries, including the U.S. Several U.S. states have recently introduced legislation to support shared medical decision-making.

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