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Can melanoma spread?

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Melanoma can spread to parts of your body far away from where the cancer started. This is called advanced, metastatic, or stage IV melanoma. It can move to your lungs, liver, brain, bones, digestive system, and lymph nodes. Most people find their skin cancer early, before it has spread, but others find out they have the disease when it's in an advanced stage. Some people find out it has spread after they've had a melanoma removed, sometimes years later.

SOURCES:

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Guide to Staging—Melanoma.”

National Cancer Institute: “Skin Cancer Treatment (PDQ).”

American Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Treatment of Melanoma Skin Cancer, by Stage,” “Surgery for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Radiation Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Targeted Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Chemotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Treatment for Advanced Melanoma Continues to Improve.”

Macmillan Cancer Support: “Understanding Advanced Melanoma.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 1, 2018

SOURCES:

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Guide to Staging—Melanoma.”

National Cancer Institute: “Skin Cancer Treatment (PDQ).”

American Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Treatment of Melanoma Skin Cancer, by Stage,” “Surgery for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Radiation Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Targeted Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Chemotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Treatment for Advanced Melanoma Continues to Improve.”

Macmillan Cancer Support: “Understanding Advanced Melanoma.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 1, 2018

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