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The latest melanoma news, advice, and information, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, advanced stages, and real-life stories about people living with and surviving the deadliest form of skin cancer.

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Living With

Where Can Melanoma Spread?

Advanced stages of melanoma can metastasize throughout the body, including the lungs, liver, bones, and brain. Learn the warning signs.

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Relationships

Telling the Kids You Have Metastatic Melanoma

Telling your children you have metastatic melanoma is not easy. Here are some tips, such as talking to professionals and choosing the right time and place.

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Risk Factors

The BRAF Gene Mutation and You

Here's what you should know about this risk factor for melanoma and whether it can affect future generations.

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Complications

What Should You Know About the Rare—But Severe—Side Effects of Adjuvant Therapy for Melanoma

Adjuvant therapy for melanoma can help prevent a recurrence of the serious skin cancer—but there's the potential for life-threatening side effects. Learn the symptoms and how to protect yourself.

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Living With

Seek a Second Opinion When You Have Metastatic Melanoma for These Reasons

They include, you’re unsure about your diagnosis, you have a rare or unusual cancer, or you just don’t like your doctor. Read this slideshow to learn more reasons.

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Living With

Melanoma: Eat These Foods to Help Prevent Recurrence

Much of cancer is out of your control, but eating right can help improve your chances of a healthy survivorship. Try these tips from dietitian Carmen Roberts.

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Relationships

Helping a Friend With Metastatic Melanoma

Here are tips for helping out a friend diagnosed with advanced melanoma. They include focusing on your friend’s unique needs, educating yourself about the disease, and offering practical help.

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Risk Factors

Smoking Reduces Your Ability to Fight Deadly Skin Cancer

A new study suggests people with melanoma are 40 percent less likely to survive the disease if they’ve been a smoker within the past 10 years or so.

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Treatment

Improving on Melanoma Adjuvant Therapy

Researchers continue to work to refine and improve the effectiveness, tolerability, and precision of melanoma adjuvant therapies to best suit each patient.

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Treatment

After Your Melanoma Is 'Clear': Adjuvant Therapy?

Learn more about these treatments that can help prevent your cancer from returning, what to expect, and whether they might work for your case.

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Treatment

Metastatic Melanoma Clinical Trials

If you have metastatic melanoma, how do you know if a clinical trial might be right for you? And what can you expect if you join one?

Meet the Experts

Eileen Bailey
Health Writer

Eileen Bailey is an award-winner author of six books on health and parenting. She specializes in ADHD, Anxiety, Sexual Health, Skin Care, Psoriasis and Skin Cancer.

Stephanie Stephens
M.A., Health Writer

Stephanie Stephens is a digital journalist, audio/video producer and host, specializing in health and celebrities.

Jerry Kennard, Ph.D., CPsychol., AFBPsS
Medical Reviewer

Jerry Kennard, Ph.D., is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.