A study published in the European Journal of Cancer suggests that melanoma patients with lower educational backgrounds are most likely to die of the disease.
The study is based on all cases of invasive cutaneous malignant melanoma diagnosed in Sweden between 1990 and 2007. The researchers studied the survival statistics for over 27,000 melanoma patients in relation to the point at which they left formal education.
A team of researchers from Karolinska Institutet and Linköping University in Sweden conducted the study. They examined the link between prognosis and socio-economic status in a large population-based study. They also accessed unique data from the Swedish Melanoma Register.
Cutaneous malignant melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer, and one of the most rapidly increasing cancers among western populations.