Rapid diagnosis, treatment crucial to melanoma survival
Fast diagnosis and treatment can significantly increase chances of survival for melanoma patients, research shows.
One in every three cancers diagnosed is a skin cancer, and melanoma rates are on the rise with 132,000 cases globally each year, according to the World Health Organization.
Researchers from Cleveland Clinic in the US found that a four-month delay in treatment can increase mortality rates by around 40% compared with patients treated within one month.
The research indicates that the sooner patients are treated the better their chance of survival, particularly for stage 1 melanoma.
Using the US National Cancer Database, the Cleveland Clinic team studied 153,218 adult patients diagnosed with stages 1 to 3 melanoma from 2004 to 2012.
They found overall survival decreased in patients waiting longer than 90 days for surgical treatment, regardless of stage. In...
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