Melanoma

The most serious form of skin cancer is melanoma, which is expected to be diagnosed in about 70,000 persons every year. According to the American Cancer Society, substantially more than 1 million unreported cases of basal cell or squamous cell cancers occur annually. Most, but not all, of these forms of cancers are highly curable. Melanoma is almost always curable in its early stages, but it is also likely to spread to other parts of the body. It is estimated there will be 9,000 deaths from melanoma annually.

Diagnosis

Information from the PET/CT scan allows physicians to evaluate for distant metastatic disease.
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Treatment

Treatment can be tailored specifically to the patient, depending upon the location and extent of cancer.
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Follow-up

Information from the PET/CT scan allows physicians to monitor the effectiveness of cancer therapies.
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Source: American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2011. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2011