-- Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Counties with more
dermatologists have lower rates of deaths from melanoma, a new
Researchers compared the number of dermatologists and melanoma
deaths in 2,472 U.S. counties between January 2002 and December
The analysis revealed that having 0.001 to one dermatologist per
100,000 people in a county was associated with a 35 percent lower
rate of melanoma deaths. However, having a higher density of
dermatologists was not associated with a further decrease in
melanoma death rates.
Among the other findings:
"Within a given county, a greater dermatologist density is associated with lower melanoma mortality rates compared with counties that lacked a dermatologist," Savina Aneja, of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and colleagues said in a university news release.
"Given the nature of this field, it is unclear whether dermatologist density affects prevention, diagnosis, treatment or some combination of the aforementioned. Further studies are needed using staging information to highlight whether dermatologist density is associated with earlier diagnosis of melanoma or improved treatment," the authors concluded.
The study was published in the February issue of the
Archives of Dermatology.
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