Skin cancer patients with a history of smoking have a significantly lower survival rate than skin cancer patients who do not smoke. Smoking cigarettes decreases survival rate in melanoma patients by 40 per cent according to a new study published by the medical journal Cancer Research (Feb. 17, 2019).
Patients in the United States who live in a state with a higher incidence of melanoma are more likely to survive the disease. Conversely, Americans who live in a state with a lower incidence of melanoma are less likely to survive the disease. Researchers believe that this seeming contradiction might be a result of better detection in more well-funded regions leading to better outcomes.