The significance of the BANS location (upper Back, posterior Arm, Neck and Scalp) as a prognostic factor in patients with stage I melanoma is controversial. A meta-analysis performed by Weinstock et al. on their own and five comparable studies corroborated the hypothesis that this location is influential in the prognosis of intermediate thickness (0.76-1.69 mm) melanomas. Our study investigated the relationship between BANS subsites, thickness and prognosis in 1,082 stage I melanoma patients from two major Italian centres, Turin and Florence. A BANS primary was observed in 212 (19.5%) patients: recurrences occurred in 85 of them (40.1%) vs 309/870 non-BANS patients (35.5%). Overall survival probabilities were significantly shorter (p less than 0.01) in the BANS group (69.1% vs 76.7% at 5 years; 59% vs 68.5% at 10 years). The prognostic value of the BANS location was confirmed by a multivariate analysis using the Cox proportional hazards model. Stratification of BANS and non-BANS groups by thickness clusters showed a significant difference in both survival (p less than 0.001) and disease-free interval (p less than 0.05) in the 3.01-4.00 mm thickness subset, due to the greater incidence of distant and visceral metastases. In the 0.76-1.69 mm thickness range the significance was p = 0.06.

BANS: a discussion of the problem.

BERNENGO, Maria Grazia;CAPPELLO, Nazario;LISA, Francesco;
1992

Abstract

The significance of the BANS location (upper Back, posterior Arm, Neck and Scalp) as a prognostic factor in patients with stage I melanoma is controversial. A meta-analysis performed by Weinstock et al. on their own and five comparable studies corroborated the hypothesis that this location is influential in the prognosis of intermediate thickness (0.76-1.69 mm) melanomas. Our study investigated the relationship between BANS subsites, thickness and prognosis in 1,082 stage I melanoma patients from two major Italian centres, Turin and Florence. A BANS primary was observed in 212 (19.5%) patients: recurrences occurred in 85 of them (40.1%) vs 309/870 non-BANS patients (35.5%). Overall survival probabilities were significantly shorter (p less than 0.01) in the BANS group (69.1% vs 76.7% at 5 years; 59% vs 68.5% at 10 years). The prognostic value of the BANS location was confirmed by a multivariate analysis using the Cox proportional hazards model. Stratification of BANS and non-BANS groups by thickness clusters showed a significant difference in both survival (p less than 0.001) and disease-free interval (p less than 0.05) in the 3.01-4.00 mm thickness subset, due to the greater incidence of distant and visceral metastases. In the 0.76-1.69 mm thickness range the significance was p = 0.06.
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BERNENGO MG ;REALI UM ;DOVEIL GC ;CAPPELLO N ;LISA F ;MORETTI S
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