When former U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced that not only did he have melanoma, but that it had spread to his liver and brain, many people probably had the same thoughts: Isn’t melanoma skin cancer? And how do you get it on your brain?
“People think, 'Oh, it's melanoma that's just skin cancer – you cut it out and you don't have to worry about it,'” says Dr. Tim Turnham, executive director of the Melanoma Research Foundation in Washington, D.C.
“That thought has two implications: it isolates patients – often people diagnosed with melanoma feel people don't understand that they’re dealing with a life threatening illness because they think it's 'Cancer Lite' – but more significantly, it means that people don't understand the risks and don't take appropriate steps to alleviate those risks.”
One of those risks is that melanoma can metastasize to other, more vulnerable, parts of the body.
How Melanoma Spreads
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