Mucosal Melanoma Awareness: Uncovering the Mystery

MUCOSAL MELANOMA:

Uncovering  the Mystery

MELANOMA.ORG

Common sites of Mucosal Melanoma

Head/Neck Region

Nose: Nose bleeds, breathing difficulty, pain inside the nose Mouth: Masses inside the mouth, lips, cheeks, mouth ulcers and difficulty or pain when swallowing or speaking

Gastrointestinal tract

Abdominal pain

Anus

Vaginal/ vulva

Pain or bleeding from the anus or a protruding mass, diarrhea, constipation

Vaginal bleeding, discharge, pain or itching in the area

Piecing Together Mucosal Melanoma’s Profile

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1. The 5-year survival rate for mucosal melanoma is 14% compared to 80% for melanoma. 7. The only curative treatment is , which can be challenging depending on the location of the tumor.

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2. Based on where mucosal melanoma originates in the body, light isn’t considered a major risk factor. 3. Mucosal melanoma typically affects patients in their 70s, about a older than cutaneous melanoma. 4. Most doctors subdivide mucosal melanoma into

: head/neck,

gastrointestinal tract, and genitourinary tract. 5. The most common site for mucosal melanoma is the

& region. 6. The incidence of mucosal melanoma in the U.S. is approximately 1.5 cases per .

*Answers on back

How often should you have preventative check-ups?

Physical check-up: Everyone should have a yearly exam.

Dental check-up: Everyone should have an exam every 6 months.

Colonoscopy: Everyone should schedule an exam starting at age 45 and then every 10 years or as often as recommended by your doctor.

Papanicolaou (PAP) test: Women should schedule an exam starting at age 21 and then every 3 years or as often as recommended by your doctor.

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Across:

1. CUTANEOUS 7. SURGICAL RESECTION

Down:

2. ULTRAVIOLET 3. DECADE 4. SUBREGIONS 5. HEAD & NECK 6. MILLION

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