that starts from pigment-producing cells, called melanocytes. Often, melanoma starts on the skin with a mole but in rarer occasions, it can also start in the eye or on any inner surface of the body. When Melanoma is discovered at a stage when it has spread, it can become impossible to identify the place where it has started.
Discovered early, Melanomas can be surgically removed and patients have a very high chance of being cured. Once spread, it is called Malignant Melanoma and unfortunately, the prognosis is currently still poor, with a widely quoted survival of 6-9 months after diagnosis.
(2) SEER, NCI
No more Melanoma deaths in Europe. Access to prevention, early detection and effective treatment for everyone.
Melanoma Patient Network Europe
of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
(3) Forsea et al., 2012.Melanoma incidence and mortality in Europe: new estimates, persistent disparities. Br J Dermatol. 2012 Nov;167(5)
(5) National Comprehensive Cancer Network (2010), NCCN clinical practice guidelines in oncology(TM) - melanoma. V.2.2010.
(6) Globocan 2012
A very complete ASCO guide to Melanoma written for patients and particularly interesting for patients with metastatic Melanoma as it covers the latest therapy options thoroughly.
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