Researchers from the University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City set out to determine if there were any differences in survival rates for people with melanoma depending on where they live.
As it turns out, the answer may be yes.
The study, now available in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, indicates a number of differences. For example, in areas where doctors make fewer overall diagnoses, a person’s survival rate is lower. The researchers also observed that in areas where there were more practicing physicians, mortality from melanoma was also higher.