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How is surgery done for cancerous melanoma?

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Malignant melanoma is treated more aggressively than just surgical removal. To ensure the complete removal of this dangerous malignancy, 1-3 cm of normal-appearing skin surrounding the tumor is also removed. Depending on the thickness of the melanoma, neighboring lymph nodes may also be removed and tested for cancer. The sentinel lymph node biopsy method uses a mildly radioactive substance to identify which lymph nodes are most likely to be affected.

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SOURCES: News release, Mela Sciences. National Cancer Institute. American Cancer Society.

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SOURCES: News release, Mela Sciences. National Cancer Institute. American Cancer Society.

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