Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cancer Melanoma Outlook

What to expect with malignant melanoma:

  • Most malignant melanomas are curable if they are detected and treated early.
  • Melanomas that are thin or less than 1 mm thick have the best prognosis
  • Melanomas that are not ulcerated have a better prognosis
  • Melanomas that occur on the extremities, as opposed to the trunk have a better prognosis
  • Younger patients with melanoma have a better prognosis than the elderly patient.
  • Melanomas that have spread to other organs are often fatal within 5 years.

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Last Updated: Oct 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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