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Table 1 Characteristics of patients

From: Serial detection of circulating tumour cells by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction assays is a marker for poor outcome in patients with malignant melanoma

Characteristics Number of patients %
Total analyzed 149  
Sex   
   Males 59 40
   Females 90 60
Median Age (years) 48  
   Range 16–85  
AJCC stage   
   IA 50 33
   IB 22 15
   IIA 36 24
   IIB 12 8
   IIC 1 1
   III 28 19
Primary site   
   Head and Neck 13 9
   Superior limbs 23 15
   Inferior limbs 47 32
   Trunk 63 42
   Unknown 3 2
  1. Staging was according to the recent American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) guidelines. Data refer to the time of diagnosis.