Melanoma Question

  1. How deep does melanoma have to be for metastasis to occur? (Yes, I am working on another lecture... and I can't seem to find the answer to this anywhere ).
    Thank you for any help or insight you can offer on melanoma :kiss
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Just looking at all of the literature that I have in my office this week, nothing is mentioned as to how deep a lesion a lesion has to be for it to spread. It is the most dangerous of all skin cancers. Risk of developing a melanoma can run in families. If there is a mutation in the CDKN2 gene on chromosome 9, this can show an increase in your chances of getting a melanoma. There is a protein called p16 that regulates cell division. If it is not working properly, the cell division cycle can behave out of control.

    Hope that this helps.
  4. by   VickyRN
    Thanks so much !