From the USA: Smoking Linked to Melanoma-Associated Death in Early-Stage Melanoma

For patients with clinical stage I and II melanoma, smoking is associated with an increased risk for melanoma-associated death, according to a study published online Feb. 6 in JAMA Network Open.

Katherine M. Jackson, M.D., from the Saint John’s Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, and colleagues examined the association of smoking with survival in patients with early-stage primary cutaneous melanoma in a post-hoc analysis of data from the randomized, multinational first and second Multicenter Selective Lymphadenectomy Trials. Participants were aged 18 to 75 years and had clinical stages I or II melanoma with a Breslow thickness of 1.00 mm or greater or Clark level IV to V. Data were included for 6,279 patients: 17.2, 27.0, and 55.9 percent were current, former, and never smokers, respectively.

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