Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma

Cummins, Deborah L.; Cummins, Jordan M.; Pantle, Hardin; Silverman, Michael A.; Leonard, Aimee L.; Chanmugam, Arjun
April 2006
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Apr2006, Vol. 81 Issue 4, p500
Academic Journal
Skin cancer has become the most common neoplasm in the United States. With early diagnosis and appropriate management, most skin cancers have an overall 5-year survival rate of 95%. Cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM). however, has a significantly higher morbidity and mortality, resulting in 65% of oil skin cancer deaths. Although the long-term survival rate for patients with metastatic melanoma is only 5%, early detection of CMM carries an excellent prognosis, with surgical excision often being curative. Primary care physicians can play a critical role in reducing morbidity and mortality from CMM by recognizing patients at risk, encouraging the adoption of risk-reducing behaviors, and becoming adept at identifying suspicious lesions.


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