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Study: Melanoma on scalp, neck most deadly

April 21, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new study says skin lesions more than 6mm in diameter are much more likely to be melanomas than smaller lesions. There are two important medical discoveries that all Southern Californians need to pay attention to.

Scientists from the National Cancer Institute say that skin lesions larger than 6 millimeters, are more likely to turn into skin cancer than smaller ones. Six millimeters is about a quarter of an inch.

Also people with melanoma on their scalp or neck have a much higher mortality rate. They're nearly twice as likely to die as those who have skin cancer elsewhere.

As a result of this study, researchers want doctors to examine the scalp and neck more carefully when watching for signs of skin cancer.

 

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