Melanoma on Scalp/Neck Most Dangerous - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/22/08

Melanoma on Scalp/Neck Most Dangerous

The death rates for people with melanomas on their scalp or neck are nearly twice that of people with the deadly skin cancer on other parts of the body.

An analysis of more than 50,000 melanoma cases, done by the University of North Carolina, shows that while 6% of patients have melanomas on the scalp or neck, they accounted for 10% of melanoma-related deaths.

Researchers say this isn't necessarily because skin cancer on the scalp is more hidden and therefore diagnosed later.  They think it may have to do with those specific tumor cells.

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