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Prognosis of Melanoma

Prognosis of Melanoma: If caught early, melanoma can be cured. The risk of the cancer coming back increases with the depth of the tumor -- deeper tumors are more likely to come back. If the cancer has spread to lymph nodes, there is a greater chance that the melanoma will come back. ...see also Overview of Melanoma

Life Expectancy and Survival Rates

Average life years lost from Melanoma: 18.6 years (SEER)1 ...see also deaths and Melanoma

Deaths and Mortality Rates

Deaths from Melanoma: 7,215 deaths reported in USA 1999 for skin melanoma (NVSR Sep 2001)

Estimated mortality rate for Melanoma from incidence and deaths statistics:

  • Deaths: 7,215 (USA annual deaths calculated from this data: 7,215 deaths reported in USA 1999 for skin melanoma (NVSR Sep 2001))
  • Incidence: 53,599 (USA annual incidence calculated from this data: 53,600 annual cases (SEER 2002 estimate: skin melanomas)
  • 13.5% (ratio of deaths to incidence).
  • See also Deaths and Melanoma and Overview of Melanoma.

Complications:

Complications of Melanoma may include:

Complications of Melanoma from the Diseases Database include:


Source: Diseases Database

See also complications of Melanoma.

Prognosis of Melanoma Discussion

Skin Cancer: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is highly curable when found in its earliest stages. Surgical removal of thin melanomas can cure the disease in most cases. The thicker the melanoma, the lower the survival rate. (Source: excerpt from Skin Cancer: NWHIC)

What You Need To Know About Melanoma: NCI (Excerpt)

Melanoma can be cured if it is diagnosed and treated when the tumor is thin and has not deeply invaded the skin. However, if a melanoma is not removed at its early stages, cancer cells may grow downward from the skin surface, invading healthy tissue. When a melanoma becomes thick and deep, the disease often spreads to other parts of the body and is difficult to control. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Melanoma: NCI)

Recurrence of Melanoma

People who have had melanoma have a high risk of developing a new melanoma. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Melanoma: NCI)

Survival Rate Statistics for Melanoma

The following are statistics from various sources about the survival rate for Melanoma:

  • 90% of white people survive 5 years for melanoma in the US 1992-99 (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)
  • 64% of African American people survive 5 years for melanoma in the US 1992-99 (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)
  • 90% survive 5 years for melanoma in the US 1992-99 (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)
  • 88% of women survive five years after diagnosis of melanoma in Australia 1992-97 (Cancer Survival in Australia, 1992-97, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 92% of men survive five years after diagnosis of melanoma in Australia 1992-97 (Cancer Survival in Australia, 1992-97, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 85.1% of people with skin melanomas survive after 5 years in the US 1983-90 (SEER)
  • 27.7% of people with multiple melanomas survive after 5 years in the US 1983-90 (SEER)
  • 5-year survival rate for black people with skin melanoma is 70.3% in the US 1983-90 (SEER)
  • 5-year survival rate for people with skin melanoma is 85.1% in the US 1983-90 (SEER)
  • 5-year survival rate for white people with skin melanoma is 85.3% in the US 1983-90 (SEER)
  • more survival rate statistics...»

Death Statistics for Melanoma

The following are statistics from various sources about deaths related to Melanoma:

  • 7,910 estimated deaths for melanoma in the US 2004 (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)
  • 5,050 estimated male deaths for melanoma in the US 2004 (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)
  • 2,860 estimated female deaths for melanoma in the US 2004 (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)
  • 520 deaths in men from melanoma in Canada 2004 (Canadian Cancer Statistics, National Cancer Institute of Canada, 2004)
  • 330 deaths in women from melanoma in Canada 2004 (Canadian Cancer Statistics, National Cancer Institute of Canada, 2004)
  • 3 per 100,000 deaths in men from melanoma in Canada 2004 (Canadian Cancer Statistics, National Cancer Institute of Canada, 2004)
  • 2 per 100,000 deaths in women from melanoma in Canada 2004 (Canadian Cancer Statistics, National Cancer Institute of Canada, 2004)
  • more death statistics...»

Prognosis for Melanoma: News

These medical news items are relevant to the prognosis for Melanoma:

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About prognosis:

The 'prognosis' of Melanoma usually refers to the likely outcome of Melanoma. The prognosis of Melanoma may include the duration of Melanoma, chances of complications of Melanoma, probable outcomes, prospects for recovery, recovery period for Melanoma, survival rates, death rates, and other outcome possibilities in the overall prognosis of Melanoma. Naturally, such forecast issues are by their nature unpredictable.



Footnotes:
1. SEER Cancer Statistics Review 1975-2000, National Cancer Institute (NCI)
 

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