The prognosis for melanoma can be excellent if detected when still local, in the early stage. The five year survival rate increases or decreases extremely according to the melanoma staging.
If it is detected while it is still local, then the survival rate for five years is 95% to 100%. As the stages of progression rise the survival rate drops.
Melanoma staging is determined by a measuring technique called Breslow thickness. Breslow’s depth is a way of measuring and determining the depth of the invasive tumor cells. This provides a more accurate prognosis.
If the depth is less than 1 mm then the survival rate can be 100%. If the depth is deeper than 4 mm, there’s about a 50% survival rate over 5 years. The middle stages (two and three) often have a good survival rate.
The reason that melanoma is the most fatal of the three most common skin cancers is that it can metastasize and spread to other distant body parts. Once it has entered the lymph nodes or blood vessels it can create tumors in any organ or other site, including the brain, liver or lungs.
No matter what a person is told the prognosis for melanoma is, the fact is that people have been known to survive. So don’t be willing to give up hope easily.
Read Meghan Rothschild’s story. “From Tanning Beds to Melanoma……….”
There are alternative treatments , no matter what stage a person may be at. When the conventional treatments offer no hope, then, why not try an alternative way?
One woman who was given just three months to live, back in 2007, tells how she beat stage four cancer by using alternative, natural treatments and is cancer free to this day.
Read Peggy Sue’s story.
Here are some pictures of melanoma skin cancer in various forms. Skin cancer can never be confined to just what is seen in pictures.
Always watch for any new moles or freckles that may appear and watch for changes in old ones that you’ve had for a long time. Learn the skin cancer warning signs and melanoma signs by utilizing The Five Signs of Skin Cancer.
Always consult with a professional, take care of yourself and live healthy.
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"MELANOMA : “NO BIG DEAL ” IT'S JUST SKIN CANCER!
Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick
Scared to Death!!! - by Shelly
Our Cancer Stories are so similar, mine and Gary's! - by Valerie
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The bottom line is to get an expert's opinion about any suspicious mole or lesion on your skin. If necessary, get a second opinion and/or request a biopsy. it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
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