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The University of Arizona Cancer Center's Skin Cancer Institute has a special interest in skin cancer as a problem in our state. Between 1985 and 1998, the University of Arizona Cancer Center sponsored a skin cancer registry that identified cases of all types of skin cancer that occurred within the three southeastern counties of Arizona. This was the only such registry in the United States that tracked all types of skin cancers. These registry data suggest that Arizona has higher skin cancer rates than any other state in the U.S.
Download: Overview of Skin Cancer in Arizona
Most national and international registries only track melanoma and state and national registries suggest that there is significant under-reporting of melanoma. The rates of melanoma estimated from the Southeastern Arizona Skin Cancer Registry, are substantially higher than estimated from the University of Arizona Cancer Registry for the same time period. These data suggest that enhanced surveillance is needed.