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Survival rates appear lower for scalp and neck melanoma than for other sites
Date:4/21/2008

patients with scalp/neck melanomas is unclear, the authors write. The blood supply and lymphatic drainage systems serving these areas are rich and complex, which may make it easier for melanoma cells to penetrate and circulate. In addition, such patients are more likely to have cancer that spreads into their brain than those with melanoma on their arms, legs or trunk. Finally, the skin lesions may be hidden by hair and therefore diagnosed later than those at other sites.

The recognition that scalp/neck location is associated with poorer melanoma survival has implications for screening and public health recommendations, the authors conclude. We suggest that all full-skin examinations and future screening studies include a careful inspection of the scalp/neck.


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