In 2006, an estimated 62,190 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed, and approximately 7910 patients will die of the disease in the United States. The incidence of melanoma continues to increase dramatically. Risk factors for melanoma include family history, dysplastic nevi, and fair skin that sunburns easily; however, melanoma can occur in any ethnic group and in people who have not had substantial sun exposure. The NCCN Melanoma guidelines attempt to distill and simplify an enormous body of knowledge and experience into fairly simple management algorithms.
For the most recent version of the guidelines, please visit NCCN.org