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Melanoma Often Spotted Later Among Blacks, Hispanics

Posted: June 20, 2006

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"If you stop to think about how much impact you are going to have on melanoma by infusing money into the system, because melanoma is about 50 times more common in whites than in blacks, the fact is you have a lot more bang for your buck in reducing death from melanoma if that money is targeted at whites," said Dr. Jean-Claude Bystryn, a professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine.

Bystryn said spending the same amount of money on blacks and whites to reduce deaths from melanoma by 50 percent would save 500 lives among whites compared with 15 among blacks in Dade County.

"From a public health point of view, it is better to focus on the group that is most at risk," Bystryn said

HealthDay News, June 19, 2006