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what happens in the body when you have melanoma?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
It needs to be remov: Melanoma is a cancer from pigment cells. If diagnosed early amd treated surgically it has a very high cure rate. More advanced melanomas do not have as good a prognosis. Screenings and self f examinations are very important.
Answered on Dec 8, 2014
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Nothing if caught: Melanoma can be cured with excision if it is found and removed early. If it spreads (metastasis) it can travel to lymph nodes or just about anywhere else in the body (lungs, brain, bones, etc). Once it has spread, it is much more difficult to treat and cure.
Answered on Nov 11, 2012

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