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Between 1960 and 1990, a total of 998 patients were treated at the Sydney Melanoma Unit for cutaneous melanoma of the head and neck. There were 595 male and 403 female patients, with a median age of 53 years. The most common primary lesion site was the face (47%), followed by the neck (29%), scalp (14%), and ear (10%). Histologic types were as follows:(More)
Risk factors associated with local recurrences were analyzed from a series of 3445 clinical Stage I melanoma patients. In single-factor analysis, tumor thickness, ulceration, and increasing age were highly significantly predictive of recurrence (p less than 0.00001). After 5 years of follow-up, local recurrence rates were 0.2% for tumors less than 0.76 mm(More)
PURPOSE To analyze prognostic factors, effects of treatment, and survival for patients with cerebral metastases from melanoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS All melanoma patients with cerebral metastases treated at the Sydney Melanoma Unit between 1952 and 2000 were identified. From 1985 to 2000, patients were diagnosed and treated using consistent modern(More)
BACKGROUND The late Dr. Vincent McGovern (1915 to 1983) was an international authority on melanoma pathology and one of the first to suggest that assessment of tumor mitotic rate (TMR) might provide useful prognostic information. Data for a large cohort of patients, now with extended follow-up, whose tumors had been assessed by Dr. McGovern were analyzed to(More)
In a case-control study, 287 women with malignant melanoma were compared with 574 age-matched controls. Red hair colour at age 5 years was associated with a tripling of risk [relative risk (RR) = 3.0], blonde hair with a 60% increase (RR = 1.6) and fair skin with a doubling (RR = 2.1). Women with melanoma also reported that they tended to burn (RR = 1.4)(More)
Single and multifactorial analyses were used to evaluate prognosis and results of surgical treatment in 534 clinical Stage I patients with head and neck cutaneous melanoma treated at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (U.S.A.) and the University of Sydney (Australia). This computerized data base was prospectively accumulated in over 90% of cases.(More)