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Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
On-line version ISSN 1806-4841
CHIBA, Fabiano Bandeira et al. Clinical and epidemiological profile of cutaneous malignant melanomas in two referral institutions in the city of Manaus, Brazil. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2011, vol.86, n.6, pp.1239-1241. ISSN 1806-4841. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962011000600036.
Knowledge on the frequency and clinical and pathological characteristics of cutaneous melanoma in the different geographical regions of Brazil is important in evaluating the magnitude of the problem and in directing healthcare actions appropriately. The present study reviewed data from 55 cases of cutaneous melanoma in patients treated at two healthcare institutions in the city of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Rates were higher in brown-skinned males and in individuals of 70-80 years of age. Lesions were most commonly located on the lower limbs, were of the acral lentiginous melanoma type and at advanced stages of the disease, with Breslow thickness > 1 mm and Clark level V.
Keywords : Epidemiology; Medical oncology; Melanoma; Skin neoplasms.