Magy Onkol. 2022 Jun 20;66(2):94-99. Epub 2022 May 16.
Skin melanoma is not among malignancies with the highest incidences and mortalities worldwide; however, the observed constant increase in newly diagnosed cases is troublesome. According to the database of the Hungarian Cancer Registry, the number of newly reported cases doubled between 2001 and 2019, which is consistent with international data. Notwithstanding, within the same interval, Hungarian mortality did not change significantly according to the database of the Hungarian Statistical Office, which is in contrast to international trends. The increasing incidence together with unchanging mortality resulted in better survival rates and hence more favorable follow-up data in our country. Advancements in secondary prevention programs and better efficacy of modern therapeutic interventions in the last decade may have contributed to the observed improvement in the survival rates of Hungarian melanoma patients.