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Melanoma incidence rates in active duty military personnel compared with a population-based registry in the United States, 2000-2007.

Publication Status: Published

Sponsoring Organization: Undetermined

Sponsoring Office:

Congressionally Mandated: No

Funding Source: Undetermined

Release Date/Publication: March 01, 2014

Principle Investigator Status: Academia

Primary DoD Data Source: Undetermined

Secondary DoD Data Source: National Cancer Instituter Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted to investigate whether incidence rates of malignant cutaneous melanoma in U.S. Department of Defense active duty military personnel differed from rates in the U.S. general population between 2000 and 2007.

METHODS: The study population included active duty military personnel and the general population aged 18 to 56 years. Data were obtained from the U.S. Department of Defense medical data systems and from the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results program. Melanoma risk was estimated by incidence rate ratios (IRRs).

RESULTS: Melanoma risk was higher among active duty personnel than the general population (IRR = 1.62, 95% confidence interval = 1.40-1.86). Incidence rates were higher for white military personnel than for white rates in general population (36.89 and 23.05 per 100,000 person-years, respectively). Rates were also increased for military men and women compared with SEER (men, 25.32 and 16.53 per 100,000; women, 30.00 and 17.55 per 100,000). Air Force service personnel had the highest rates and Army had the lowest.

CONCLUSION: Melanoma rates were marginally higher among active duty military personnel than the general population between 2000 and 2007.

Citation:

Lea CS, Efird JT, Toland AE, Lewis DR, Phillips CJ. Melanoma incidence rates in active duty military personnel compared with a population-based registry in the United States, 2000-2007. Mil Med. 2014 Mar;179(3):247-53.

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