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5 Facts you should know about

Melanoma

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New cases of melanoma cases diagnosed in 2021 increased by 5.8%

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While it’s true that many melanomas are dark brown to black in color, some melanomas have no color and appear as pink spots or bumps

3

The majority of melanoma-related deaths occur in patients initially diagnosed with early-stage disease and thought to be low risk

4

The false-negative rate of the sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) procedure is reported to be 5%-21%. While SLNB provides prognostic information, the procedure has significant limitations including no survival benefit, low sensitivity, and a surgical complication rate of 11%

5

Genomic testing is more accurate than traditional staging alone for identifying high-risk melanoma tumors and the risk of tumors metastasizing or recurring

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