Cutaneous Melanoma: Epidemiological Profile of Deaths in the State of São Paulo - Brazil between 2005 and 2014

  • Veridiana de Paula Santos Miranda Dermatologia, Hospital Heliópolis, São Paulo, Brasil
  • Flávia Regina Ferreira Dermatologia, Departamento de Medicina, Universidade de Taubaté/ Serviço de Dermatologia, Hospital Universitário de Taubaté - HUT/UNITAU, Taubaté, Brasil
  • Andrea Paula Peneluppi de Medeiros Saúde Coletiva/ Ciências Ambientais, Departamento de Medicina, Universidade de Taubaté, Taubaté, Brasil
Keywords: Brazil, Melanoma/epidemiology, Melanoma/mortality, Skin Neoplasms/epidemiology, Skin Neoplasms/mortality


Introduction: Cutaneous melanoma (CM) is the least common skin cancer, but it accounts for the majority of deaths. This study aimed to evaluate the epidemiological profile of deaths due to CM in the State of São Paulo, as well as to evaluate the factors that may determine their occurrence by gender.

Methods: Data on CM mortality in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, between 2005 and 2014 were studied. Descriptive analyzes and univariate and multivariate logistic regression were performed to determine the probability of death in terms of gender according to demographic variables. Statistical analysis was based on OR calculation. In all analyzes, 95% confidence intervals were used and alpha = 5% level of significance was adopted.

Results: During the study period 4059 deaths due to CM were identified, representing 0.9% of the general mortality due to neoplasia. Of these, 56.7% were male and 92.4% were white. The mean age at death was 63.5 years (SD = 16.3). In the multivariate logistic regression, the absence of partner and the higher level of education showed to be discordant factors between genders.

Conclusion: This study evaluating the epidemiological profile of deaths due to CM, identified the predominance of the male gender, Caucasians and individuals with partners and a low level of education. There was a trend towards an increase in the number of deaths in the last 5 years of the study period. In addition, we observed differences in risk factors related to the gender.


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Veridiana de Paula Santos Miranda, Dermatologia, Hospital Heliópolis, São Paulo, Brasil

Formada em Medicina pela Universidade de Taubaté-SP
Residente de Dermatologia do Hospital Heliópolis-SP


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Santos Miranda, V. de P., Ferreira, F. R., & Peneluppi de Medeiros, A. P. (2018). Cutaneous Melanoma: Epidemiological Profile of Deaths in the State of São Paulo - Brazil between 2005 and 2014. Journal of the Portuguese Society of Dermatology and Venereology, 76(4), 393-398.
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