The effect of metastatic site and decade of diagnosis on the individual burden of metastatic melanoma: contemporary estimates of average years of life lost.

Journal Article

OBJECTIVES: Metastatic melanoma (MM) is a leading cause of years of life lost due to malignancy. This study aimed to identify the average years of life lost (AYLL) in MM patients. METHODS: MM patients were identified from a prospectively maintained database, and a linear model predicting AYLL was developed. RESULTS: Between 1970 and 1999, 4,774 patients diagnosed with MM died. The AYLL was 23.2 years. AYLL remained stable across three decades. CONCLUSIONS: AYLL for MM is greater than 20 years, and has not improved. This burden underscores the need for continued research and access to funding for this disease.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Salama, AKS; Rosa, ND; Scheri, RP; Herndon, JE; Tyler, DS; Marcello, J; Pruitt, SK; Abernethy, AP

Published Date

  • November 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 637 - 641

PubMed ID

  • 23020583

Pubmed Central ID

  • 23020583

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-4192

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3109/07357907.2012.726387


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England