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how long does it take melanoma to spread?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Variable: Course of tumors is very difficult to predict. Some tumors are already widely disseminated when first diagnosed.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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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 metastasis. It can vary from decades to months, so it is very difficult to predict.
Answered on Apr 24, 2019
Dr. Travis Kidner
16 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.
Answered on Mar 9, 2017

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