Number of new cases of melanoma in the year. Melanoma is a malignant tumor of melanocyte cells, found mostly in skin, but also in the bowel and eye. Melanoma is one of the less common types of skin cancer, but causes the majority of skin cancer related deaths.
Why do we measure this?
Cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States and Florida. Public health is concerned with threats to the health of a community based on population health analysis. By monitoring patterns of health and illness, including incidence of disease and causes of death, we are able to identify where and in what populations the disease occurs, better identify its causes and risk factors, and measure what preventive actions effectively reduce disease and death.
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