Cutaneous Lymphoma in Korea: A Nationwide Retrospective Study
Hyun Soo Lee, Kee Suck Suh, Dong-Youn Lee, Kwang Hyun Cho, Sang Ho Oh, Soo-Chan Kim, Seok-Jong Lee, Dong Hoon Shin, Tae Young Yoon, Young Ho Won, You Chan Kim
The epidemiological and clinicopathological features of cutaneous lymphoma may vary by geographical area. However, only a few large-scale epidemiological studies of cutaneous lymphoma have been performed, mainly in the USA and Europe. This aim of this study was to determine the recent characteristics of cutaneous lymphoma in Korea according to the WHO/EORTC classification. A total of 422 patients with newly diagnosed cutaneous lymphoma from January 2009 to December 2013 comprising 293 cases of mature T-cell and natural killer (NK)-cell lymphoma and 39 cases of mature B-cell lymphoma were retrospectively reviewed. The incidence of mature B-cell lymphoma was lower in Korea than in Europe and the USA. Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma was more prevalent in Korea than in Western countries. The incidence of extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma, nasal-type was higher in Korea than in Western countries and Japan.