Skin Cancer of Scalp, Neck Deadlier

Tumors' location indicates survival chances
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2008 6:07 AM CDT
Dermatologist Dr. Albert Yan, examines a young patient for skin cancer. New research shows where a melanoma lesion is located may determine whether and for how long a patient survives.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Melanoma is the rarest, deadliest form of skin cancer, but new research shows that a tumor's location is an indicator of survival chances. An analysis of 50,000 cases over a decade shows patients with lesions on the scalp and neck died twice as quickly as patients with lesions elsewhere, reports Time.

"The results really did surprise us," said the lead researcher. "There has been a lot of controversy over whether all head and neck melanomas had worse survival—and this study shows a large difference in survival for scalp and neck tumors."