Are malignant melanoma time trends explained by changes in histopathological criteria for classifying pigmented skin lesions?
The incidence of malignant melanoma in developed countries has been rising rapidly in recent years. Its causes and the reasons for this trend are uncertain. Changes in histopathological criteria for classifying pigmented skin lesions could explain the rising incidence rates. With support from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, this hypothesis is explored but not substantiated for time trends in the South Western Region, United Kingdom.
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