Prognostic factors analysis of 17,600 melanoma patients: validation of the American Joint Committee on Cancer melanoma staging system.

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Journal Article


Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Volume 19, Issue 16, p.3622-34 (2001)


Adolescent, Adult, Age Factors, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Child, Female, Humans, Male, MELANOMA, Middle Aged, Neoplasm Metastasis, Neoplasm Staging, Predictive Value of Tests, Proportional Hazards Models, Skin Neoplasms, Survival Analysis, United States


The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) recently proposed major revisions of the tumor-node-metastases (TNM) categories and stage groupings for cutaneous melanoma. Thirteen cancer centers and cancer cooperative groups contributed staging and survival data from a total of 30,450 melanoma patients from their databases in order to validate this staging proposal.