Melanoma epidemic across the millennium: Time trends of cutaneous melanoma in Emilia-Romagna (Italy) from 1997 to 2004

Giovanni Pellacani, G. Lo Scocco, M. Vinceti, G. Albertini, A. Ascari Raccagni, L. Baldassari, S. Catrani, S. Donelli, P. Ghetti, A. Lanzoni, M. Leardini, M. Reggiani, M. Santini, I. Stanganelli, A. Virgili, S. Seidenari

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Background: After a rapid increase in malignant melanoma (MM) incidence in the last decades, trends of the melanoma epidemic in the recent years seemed not homogeneous. Objective: This study aimed at the monitoring of some epidemiological data referring to melanoma in a region of the Northern Italy during the past 8-year period. Methods: All cases of melanoma, including also in situ lesions, diagnosed in Emilia-Romagna and San Marino State, with the exclusion of Cesena province, from 1997 to 2004 were recorded and the incidence of melanoma, adjusted for the European standard population by the direct method, was calculated. Results: Mean standardized incidence was 9.7 for invasive MMs and 11.9, considering also in situ ones, showing an ascending trend with an increment of 3.3 new incident cases in 2004 compared with 1997. No differences in age distribution, gender and site were reported. Concerning tumour thickness, although a general ascending trend in all subtypes, only thin melanoma incidence significantly increased over the study period. Conclusions: Contrary to data from Northern European countries, melanoma incidence still showed an ascending trend in the Italian population of Emilia Romagna.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-218
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008



  • Age
  • Distribution
  • Emilia-Romagna
  • Epidemiology
  • Italy
  • Melanoma
  • Sex
  • Site
  • Thickness
  • Trend

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Pellacani, G., Lo Scocco, G., Vinceti, M., Albertini, G., Raccagni, A. A., Baldassari, L., Catrani, S., Donelli, S., Ghetti, P., Lanzoni, A., Leardini, M., Reggiani, M., Santini, M., Stanganelli, I., Virgili, A., & Seidenari, S. (2008). Melanoma epidemic across the millennium: Time trends of cutaneous melanoma in Emilia-Romagna (Italy) from 1997 to 2004. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 22(2), 213-218.