Prof. Camillo O. DI CICCO, M.D.
Melanoma is the most aggressive of malignant cutaneous tumours. Because cases presenting with lymphonode involvement and distant metastases carry a very poor prognosis (50% and 20% respectively alive in 5 years) while on the contrary those presenting without evident lymphonode involvement have a much better survival (60% alive in 5 years).
Survival is moreover directly related to the depth of tumour invasion:
Melanoma thickness - 10 yr survival
< 1.0 mm. - 90%
1.0 / 1.49 mm. - 78%
1.50 / 4.00 mm. - 65%
> 4.00 mm. - 40%
It is therefore extremely important a malignant melanoma early diagnosis according to the ABCD rules listed on page 3.
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