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Is it possible to survive melanoma?

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People with melanoma have a post-diagnosis survival rate of 91.5%.

What makes the chances of recovery so good? You can usually spot melanoma skin cancer with the naked eye while it is still in its early stages. If it hasn't spread beyond the surface of the skin, doctors can remove and cure it with surgery.

From: 5 Curable Cancers WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Jay Brooks, MD, chairman of hematology/oncology, Ochsner Health System, Baton Rouge.

Otis Brawley, MD, chief medical officer, American Cancer Society.

American Cancer Society: "Breast Cancer," "Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection," "Mammograms Save Lives," "Melanoma Skin Cancer," "Prostate Cancer Prevention and Early Detection," "Testicular Cancer," "Thyroid Cancer," "Treatment Types," "When Cancer Comes Back: Cancer Recurrence."

American Thyroid Association: "Thyroid Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Breast Cancer Screening - for health professionals," "Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test," "SEER Stat Fact Sheets," "Skin Cancer Screening," "Testicular Cancer Screening."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "PSA & DRE Screening," "What Is Prostate Cancer?"

Tangen, C.M. , October 2012. Journal of Urology

California Cancer Registry: "Cancer Stage at Diagnosis."

CDC: "What Screening Tests Are There for Prostate Cancer?"

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Breast Cancer: Screening," "Prostate Cancer: Screening."

The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons: "Thyroid Cancer: Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer (ATC)," "Thyroid Cancer: Papillary Thyroid Cancer (PTC)."

Einhorn, L. E. , April 2, 2002. Proceedings of the American Academy of Sciences

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Metastatic Melanoma."

Melanoma Research Foundation: "The ABCDEs of Melanoma Screening," "Detection & Screening."

Breast Cancer Research Foundation: "Our Progress."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Jay Brooks, MD, chairman of hematology/oncology, Ochsner Health System, Baton Rouge.

Otis Brawley, MD, chief medical officer, American Cancer Society.

American Cancer Society: "Breast Cancer," "Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection," "Mammograms Save Lives," "Melanoma Skin Cancer," "Prostate Cancer Prevention and Early Detection," "Testicular Cancer," "Thyroid Cancer," "Treatment Types," "When Cancer Comes Back: Cancer Recurrence."

American Thyroid Association: "Thyroid Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Breast Cancer Screening - for health professionals," "Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test," "SEER Stat Fact Sheets," "Skin Cancer Screening," "Testicular Cancer Screening."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "PSA & DRE Screening," "What Is Prostate Cancer?"

Tangen, C.M. , October 2012. Journal of Urology

California Cancer Registry: "Cancer Stage at Diagnosis."

CDC: "What Screening Tests Are There for Prostate Cancer?"

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Breast Cancer: Screening," "Prostate Cancer: Screening."

The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons: "Thyroid Cancer: Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer (ATC)," "Thyroid Cancer: Papillary Thyroid Cancer (PTC)."

Einhorn, L. E. , April 2, 2002. Proceedings of the American Academy of Sciences

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Metastatic Melanoma."

Melanoma Research Foundation: "The ABCDEs of Melanoma Screening," "Detection & Screening."

Breast Cancer Research Foundation: "Our Progress."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017

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