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What are the chances of melanoma recurrence?
Last Updated: 5th March, 2020
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Beside this, how likely is melanoma to come back?
Melanoma is most likely to return within the first 5 years of treatment. If you remain melanoma free for 10 years, it's less likely that the melanoma will return. But it's not impossible. Studies show that melanoma can return 10, 15, and even 25 years after the first treatment.
Secondly, what does a melanoma recurrence look like? When melanomas recur, they usually do so by appearing as lumps beneath the skin, often around where the melanoma was growing, or further up the limb, or as lumps in the lymph nodes. This means that they don't look like the original melanoma.
Then, does melanoma always recur?
Recurrence of Melanoma. When melanoma comes back after it has been treated, it is called a recurrence. Recurrent melanoma may appear locally (at or near the site of the original primary melanoma tumor), or in another part of the body. Melanoma can come back as many as 10 or more years after it was first treated.
Is it common to have more than one melanoma?
SAN DIEGO — The chances of a patient's developing multiple primary melanomas over a lifetime is a real phenomenon, with an incidence ranging from 2% to 8% among patients who have had a first melanoma, or an average of about 5%.