Study links counties' lack of dermatologists to more melanoma deaths

02/21/2012 | MedPage Today (free registration) · HealthDay News

Counties without dermatologists have higher death rates for melanoma, a new study finds. Having up to one dermatologist per 100,000 residents was associated with a 35% lower melanoma-related death rate than the rate of counties with no dermatologists. Death rates were also lower in counties that had a hospital with an oncology department. Further studies would be needed to say whether dermatologist density affects prevention, diagnosis, treatment or a combination.

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