What Is the Average Survival Rate for Melanoma?


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As of 2015, the average survival rate of people with melanoma is 91 percent. That is up from 49 percent from 1950 to 1954, notes Skin Cancer Foundation.

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Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that is characterized by a flat mole with uneven edges and a shape, explains WebMD. As of 2015, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent for patients whose melanoma is detected before it has spread to lymph nodes or other organs, 63 percent when the lymph nodes are affected, and 16 percent when the disease reaches other organs. Although the average survival rate is high, it is expected that in 2015 approximately 73,870 new cases of melanoma may be diagnosed, and an estimated 9,940 people may die from it, states Skin Cancer Foundation.

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