Malignant melanoma of the head and neck region presents a unique set of diagnostic and treatment challenges. Melanoma can occur in the head and neck region as primary lesions of the skin (cutaneous), of the naso-oropharynx (mucosal), and of the eye (ocular). It can present as regional disease with anterior or posterior cervical lymphadenopathy. Melanoma can also form satellite lesions around the primary site or subcutaneous nodules in transit from the primary site to the draining lymph node basin. Melanoma is one of the few cancers that can metastasize virtually anywhere, but prefers lung, liver, brain, and small bowel.
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Complete Guide to Preventing Skin Cancer. We all know enough to fear the name, just as we do the words tumor and malignant. But apart from that, most of us know very little at all about cancer, especially skin cancer in itself. If I were to ask you to tell me about skin cancer right now, what would you say? Apart from the fact that its a cancer on the skin, that is.