How Melanoma Spreads

Research is ALWAYS being done on cancer and, more specifically, skin cancer. It is one kind of cancer that can fly under the radar in terms of how seriously precautions against it are taken, but that should not be the case. Undetected and untreated skin cancer can worsen in so many ways especially since new research has determined just how quickly it spreads. Read the beginning of the summary of this research in the piece below, and then follow the link to read the full story.

Newly identified genes and genetic pathways in primary melanoma — a type of skin cancer — could give researchers new targets for developing new personalized treatments for melanoma, and potentially other cancers. Learning how the genes are expressed (turned on or off) could be used in the future to predict how and when the cancer cells will spread to other parts of the body and how fast they will grow.