Study: Melanoma recurrence possible after many years

06/30/2013 | HealthDay News

New research illustrates the importance of monitoring patients over the long term after melanoma is diagnosed. Data on more than 4,700 patients revealed melanoma recurrence rates of close to 7% at 15 years and 11% at 25 years after initial treatment. However, the researchers reported that those who experienced recurrence 10 or more years after treatment were about 40% less likely to die of the disease than those whose melanoma recurred within three years. The results appear in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

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