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5 Facts you should know about

Melanoma

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1

New cases of melanoma are increasing annually at almost 6%

It is estimated that the number of new melanoma cases diagnosed in 2021 will increase by 5.8 percent. 

2

Melanoma can be colorless

While it’s true that many melanomas are dark brown to black in color, some melanomas have no color and appear as pink spots or bumps.

3

The majority of melanoma-related deaths occur in patients initially diagnosed with early-stage disease

There are an estimated 130,000 patients diagnosed with invasive, non-metastatic cutaneous melanoma annually in the US. Most of these patients (estimated to be more than 100,000) are diagnosed with early-stage (Stage I-II) disease. Despite recent advances in treatment, the majority of melanoma-related deaths occur in patients initially thought to be low risk.

4

The false-negative rate of the SLNB procedure is reported to be between 5-21%

While SLNB provides prognostic information the procedure has significant limitations including no survival benefit, low sensitivity, and a surgical complication rate of 11%.

5

Genomic testing more accurately identifies high-risk melanoma tumors than traditional staging alone

When compared with traditional staging, genomic testing can provide a more accurate and personalized assessment of the risk of tumors metastasizing or recurring.

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