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Patients with cutaneous melanoma seen in the sector of cutaneous tumors of UNIFESP in the period of 2005 to 2010

Grant number: 12/04482-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2012
Effective date (End): October 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine - Surgery
Principal Investigator:Ivan Dunshee de Abranches Oliveira Santos
Grantee:Tácito Ferreira
Host Institution: Fundação de Apoio à Universidade Federal de São Paulo (FAP-UNIFESP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Melanoma is a solid tumor originating from the melanocytic cells, from the neuroectoderm. They are in the basal layer of the epidermis, with the primary function of producing the pigment melanin. It has been an increase in the incidence and constant concern in Brazil and other countries, which is probably due to the habit of intermittent and prolonged sun exposure, considered the main etiological factor for skin cancer. Melanoma has a better prognosis when diagnosed early. It is a cancer that has great potential for spread by continuity, contiguity, and also by lymphatic and hematogenous. Why is one of the more serious tumors of skin tumors, with high mortality when diagnosed late. Prevention campaigns, skin self-examination, dermoscopy, protocols more efficient therapeutic approach has enabled early diagnosis in the last decade.Therefore, the epidemiology of cutaneous melanoma is of interest to all those who care for patients with melanoma, including surgeons, dermatologists, oncologists and primary care physicians to the development of new prevention campaigns and treatment, expansion of existing knowledge and publishing data to meet the professionals who do not have familiarity with the disease. Will be analyzed and outpatient hospital records of patients with cutaneous melanoma seen at the service in January 2005 to December 2010. Is characterized the distribution of cases in a memorandum of understanding with the sex, age, histological type and staging. The data collected will be obtained from the files of the Department of Pathology and records of the Service Medical Records and Statistics (SAME), Federal University of São Paulo. The data obtained will be statistically analyzed and compared to national and international epidemiological studies, and feed the database of the Brazilian Melanoma Group.(AU)

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