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The epidemiology, healthcare and societal cost of Melanoma in Wales: Analyses of standalone and linked national databases

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Mr John Gibson, Swansea University
Start date: April 2019
Duration: 24 months 
Funded amount: £7,706


This project aims to develop a new way to provide care for patients with malignant melanoma. Malignant melanoma is a deadly type of skin cancer, which is becoming more common. If diagnosed and treated early, survival is good. However, this is not the case if caught late.

We need to know how common malignant melanoma is in the Welsh population and how to identify those at risk of developing it. We also need to investigate difficulties in accessing care, such as distance for patients to travel, as well the cost of care, both to the health service and patients.

The proposed project will use data that is collected on a routine basis from patients in the NHS. We will use specialist software to analyse the data, determining how far people are travelling to receive care and the financial costs of providing such care.

The results of this study will be used to re-design the services provided to melanoma patients, making it safer, more convenient and more cost efficient.