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13 Sep 2006

Melanoma
My brother (30 yeasr old) has been diagnosed with stage 3 (out of 5) melanoma. Tomorrow he is going into hospital to have 6 more moles as well as some glands removed... My question is what are his chances of a full recovery and what can be done to help fight this disease?
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skindoc

01 Jan 0001

The outlook depends on the stage of the disease. A stage 1 melanoma is confined to the skin. The DEPTH of the melanoma determines the prognosis. Thin M's are curable, but thick ones not. Stage 2 disease has spread to the lymph glands. The prognosis wiil depend on the number of glands involved. Generally the prognosis is not favourable. In stage 3 M there is spread to other organs. The outlook is dismal. You get my point? Accurate staging is essential. Prevention is better than cure. Any mole that changes needs attention. Limit sun/sunbed exposure. Use a good sunscreen. Any new mole or new pigmented=brown or black spot needs attention. Attention means-see your doctor.
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