What Is Metastatic Melanoma?

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No one is ever prepared to hear they have any type of cancer, particularly not melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. This type of cancer forms in the cells that give color to your skin, called melanocytes. It frequently develops around pigmented tissue, which means on or around moles, but it can also form on clear expanses of skin and even in the eyes. Metastatic melanoma is melanoma that has spread to other parts of your body. It’s also commonly referred to simply as stage four melanoma.

The spreading for melanoma occurs through the lymphatic system and/or the blood vessels. After the cancer develops, it ultimately spreads to the lymph nodes, the deeper levels of tissue under your skin and to various organs like the brain, liver, lungs and bones. To achieve the best possible treatment outcome with melanoma, it’s important to spot the disease early. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of metastatic melanoma.