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Above-the-neck melanoma more prone to metastases

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Dr Mohammed Al Abadie, Cross Hospital; Cannock Chase Hospital, United Kingdom
EADV 2019
Dividing melanomas according to their location above or below the neck, British researchers found a higher likelihood of above-the-neck tumours spreading. Numbers for newly diagnosed malignant melanoma are mounting, with the highest prevalence in Caucasians [1]. In males, this type of cancer has currently the fastest increasing incidence rate in the United Kingdom. Worldwide, malignant melanoma is most common in New Zealand and Australia. “In this study, we have reviewed new malignant melanoma diagnoses to see which ones are more likely to metastasise in terms of location,” said lead investigator Dr Mohammed Al Abadie (Cross Hospital; Cannock Chase Hospital, United Kingdom). A total of 45 patients were included in the study. The diagnosis of malignant melanoma had been established through biopsies. According to tumour location, 37 patients were assigned to a group with melanomas below the neck while 8 had above neck malignant melanomas. CT-scans wer...

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