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Adverse effect of pregnancy on melanoma: a reappraisal.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1247953     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The influence of pregnancy on the prognosis of cutaneous melanoma in women of childbearing age was examined in a retrospective review of 251 surgically treated cases. There was no statistical difference in survival at five years, free of disease, for Stage I melanoma between nulliparous, parous nonpregnant, and pregnant women. For Stage II melanoma, however, a significantly lower survival rate was observed for pregnant patients (29%) and parous women who had experienced activation of the lesion in a previous pregnancy (22%), as compared with that of nulliparous patients (55%) and other patients in the parous group (51%); p less than 0.05. This discrepancy in survival, together with the observed higher frequencies of Stage II cases, melanomas occurring on the trunk, and symptoms such as bleeding, ulceration, irritation, and elevation of the lesion, strongly suggest an adverse influence of pregnancy on women with Stage II melanoma.
M H Shiu; D Schottenfeld; B Maclean; J G Fortner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cancer     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0008-543X     ISO Abbreviation:  Cancer     Publication Date:  1976 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-04-10     Completed Date:  1976-04-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374236     Medline TA:  Cancer     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  181-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Melanoma / mortality*,  pathology
Middle Aged
Pregnancy Complications / mortality*
Skin Neoplasms / mortality*,  pathology

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