Factors Associated with Survival Probability of Melanoma Patients: Cox Proportional Hazard Model

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MBI Masters Student


Dr. Jonathan Leidig, jonathan.leidig@gvsu.edu

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Dermatologic cancer, or cancer of the skin, is the most common of all cancers. Although melanoma is responsible for about two percent of all dermatologic cancers it results in the majority of skin cancer deaths. Incidence of melanoma has been on the rise for at least 30 years; with 76,100 new melanomas estimated to be diagnosed in the United States in 2014. Melanoma will account for approximately 9,710 deaths in the United States in 2014. Although the risk of melanoma increases with age, it is one of the most common cancers in young adults, especially young women. The risk of death from melanoma is affected by many factors. In this study numerous factors will be analyzed and a final, Cox Proportional Hazards model will be created with the most significant factors contributing to death by melanoma. Even with advances in medicine, the management of melanoma has not significantly changed in many years. This is a cancer that needs to be researched more extensively.

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