Skin cancer above the neck more likely to spread

Source: Ecancer, October 2019

Results from a descriptive, 6-month clinical study suggest that malignant melanoma (MM) that develops on the neck has a higher chance of spreading beyond the skin compared with MM that develops below the neck.

However, even though significantly more of these study patients had below neck MM tumours at an advanced disease stage, none of them were found to have distant metastases, in which MM spreads to other distant parts of the body.

Furthermore, only one of these below neck MM patients was diagnosed with positive lymph nodes.

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