Louisiana Melanoma Cancer Facts

Louisiana has the 47th highest incidence and 44th highest death (mortality) rate of melanoma cancer in the U.S. (Figure 1 & Figure 2). 

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Louisiana’s melanoma cancer incidence and mortality rates are statistically significantly lower than the national average: In 2009-2013: 

  • 16.0 people per 100,000 were diagnosed with melanoma cancer, while the national average was 21.8 per 100,000.

  • An average of 2.3 Louisiana residents per 100,000 died each year from this disease, while the national average was 2.7 deaths per 100,000.

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The Capital Area, Southwest Louisiana, Northeast Louisiana, and Florida Parishes have the highest melanoma cancer death rates in the state (Figure 3 & Figure 4).

Melanoma cancer is an equal-opportunity killer in Louisiana white and black men and women. However, black men and women have higher melanoma cancer incidence and black women have higher death rates than the rest of the country (Figure 5 & Figure 6).

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The direct medical costs of care from melanoma can be substantial. 

These estimated and projected costs of care by age, gender and phase of care (per patient) through the year 2020. They were calculated separately for multiple cancer sites using the most recent available U.S. population projections, cancer incidence, survival, and cost of care data (Figure 7).1

More information on cancer incidence and mortality is available from the Louisiana Tumor Registry (http://sph.lsuhsc.edu/data-use). Statistics other than what this site offers can be requested using the form on the Louisiana Tumor Registry website.

1. National Cancer Institute. Cancer Prevalence and Cost of Care Projections.