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A diagnosis of melanoma means a lifetime of screening, as one melanoma increases the risk of a person having another by 11%, 25% if there is a concurrent family history of melanoma or the patient also has dysplastic nevi (abnormal moles). If a second primary melanoma (one that has not spread from the original melanoma) is discovered, the risk is increased to 30% of developing a third. Secondary melanomas are also called metastatic cancers, whereby the tumor has spread beyond its original site to other regions in the body. Melanomas appear as moles that have irregular borders, different colors, or any changing characteristics. Early detection and treatment with wide local excision is curative in most cases.
About: Melanoma, a recurring cancer
Date: 4 October 2005
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