The five-year survival rate for patients with malignant melanoma lesions on the scalp was 58%, compared with 72% to 77% for patients with melanoma elsewhere on the body, in a study of 11,396 patients. Scalp melanomas tend to occur in older patients and more often in men, and tend to have higher Breslow thickness, advanced nodal and overall stages, and more ulceration, and may need closer clinical follow-up, the researchers reported at a symposium sponsored by the Society of Surgical Oncology.

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