more people die from thin melanomas than thick melanomas Home › Forums › Melanoma Diagnosis: Stages I &II › more people die from thin melanomas than thick melanomas This topic is empty. Viewing 3 posts - 1 through 3 (of 3 total) Author Posts October 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm #22211 cohanjaParticipant I’m not sure I completely understand this study http://www.healthcanal.com/cancers/skin-cancer/56473-data-analysis-highlights-melanoma-risk.html This research highlights the message that all melanomas are potentially dangerous October 21, 2014 at 3:10 pm #65706 Catherine PooleKeymaster This study was retrospective and takes place in New Zealand. At quick glance here is the take home message I got (I think they were just trying to grab a headline) Professor Whiteman says only a small proportion of patients with thin tumours die from their disease, but as the number of cases rise there has been a corresponding increase in the number of deaths. So there are more melanomas diagnosed on the thinner side so therefore there might be more deaths. Also, they didn’t look at mitotic values. Hogwash I think. Thin is better prognosis. October 21, 2014 at 6:41 pm #65707 HeatFireParticipant i agree with you Catherine. and a pretty weak study, only 4000 data-points and only in Queensland. Author Posts Viewing 3 posts - 1 through 3 (of 3 total) The forum ‘Melanoma Diagnosis: Stages I &II’ is closed to new topics and replies.