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A 39-year-old member asked:

what's the highest survival rate for malignant melanoma?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
100%: A lesion that is removed completely and had not spread before removal will have 100% survival rate, i.E, will not affect the longevity of the person.
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Depends on depth: The prognosis for melanoma depends greatly on the stage at diagnosis. In the absence of spread to lymph nodes or other sites, the depth of the melanoma is the most important factor which predicts outcome. The deeper the tumor invades the more risk of it spreading/recurring. I caught early, melanoma is very curable. Discuss the case in question with your dermatologist or oncologist.
Dr. Arlo Miller
Dermatology 15 years experience
100%: Patients with melanoma in situ have survival rates that are nearly 100%. Other patients with very thin melanomas also have survival rates that are very high. It all depends on stage.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

Ive heard about a melanoma vaccine. Is it available to the public?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 23 years experience
No: Melanoma vaccine is a therapeutic vaccine for patients with advanced melanoma of a specific tissue type (hla). When used with il2, it boosts the immune response against melanoma cells. It is not used as preventative vaccine to prevent the occurrence of melanoma. Sun protection and routine skin checks are the best way to reduce your risk of developing melanoma.
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How can I tell if an existing mole is melanoma?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
See your doctor: Only your doctor can definitively diagnose a melanoma. This will usually involve a biopsy. But you may be suspicious about a mole if it changes over time in terms of shape, edges, color, or size. Any suspicious, new, or changing moles should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible.
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How can skin cancer be treated?

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Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Usually surgery: Most skin cancers are treated initially with surgical excision. In some cases, depending on the type of tumor, other modalities may be employed. These include radiation, chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy, cryotherapy, and others.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Is skin cancer hereditary?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Can be: There can be a family component to many cancers including skin cancers. This should not be taken lightly. Sun exposure is another large risk factor for skin cancer. The two together can be very dangerous. If you have a strong family history, lots of sun exposure, or any enlarging skin lesions, be evaluated by your local doctor and/or dermatologist.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

What causes skin cancer?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Sun damage, Genetics: There can be a family component to many cancers including skin cancers. This should not be taken lightly. Sun exposure is another large risk factor for skin cancer. The two together can be very dangerous. If you have a strong family history, lots of sun exposure, or any enlarging skin lesions, be evaluated by your local doctor and/or dermatologist.

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