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how quickly does melanoma spread

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
44 years experience Surgical Oncology
Variable: Most do not spread at all if treated by appropriate surgery. Others spread to lymph nodes and some may be cured by removing the affected nodal area. ... Read More
Dr. Mike Bowman
19 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends on Depth: Depth of melanoma is the most important factor. Your biopsy/excision of the melanoma should report how deep the tumor extends, which is the most impo ... Read More
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Dr. Travis Kidner
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Varies: Different melanoma grow at different speeds. It is very hard to predict their growth rate.

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
19 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends..: There are actually different types of melanoma. The most important thing that predicts how dangerous a melanoma will be is the depth of its growth in ... Read More
Dr. Ronald Lippmann
25 years experience Family Medicine
Immediately: Malignant melanoma begins to spread immediately. Hence the name malignant.
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Dr. Travis Kidner
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Varies: Different melanoma grow at different speeds. It is very hard to predict their growth rate.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Variable: Course of tumors is very difficult to predict. Some tumors are already widely disseminated when first diagnosed.
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Depends: It depends on the depth of the melanoma, and where the melanoma is located. Generally, the thicker the melanoma, the higher the risk and velocity of ... Read More
Dr. Travis Kidner
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Varies: Each cancer is unique. Some cancer cells have the ability to metastasize very early in their development while other can be slower to metastasize.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
19 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Via blood and lymph: Like other cancers, melanomas spread (metastasize) via 2 pathways. First, via the lymph system, where the tumor gets caught in lymph nodes. Sentinel ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arold Augustin
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Melanoma : It is a malignant skin cancer which can invade any organs, including bone and brain. The symptoms will depend on the affected organ, for example pain ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Wong
21 years experience Emergency Medicine
Check: Either images.Google or you can use a service like dermlink.Com to take a pic with your phone and get an opinion.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
Variable, unpredicta: Melanoma can be unpredictable and is quite variable in its behavior. If you can tell us the exact information about this melanoma such as a biopsy rep ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
May or may not: Melanoma frequently spreads to skin. The lesions can have one of 3 different presentations. Most often it shows up under the skin and feels like a nod ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Rare: Is very unusual, except stage 3or 4 th disease.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
16 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: Common sites are the lymph nodes, lung and liver, but it can potentially spread anywhere.

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