Question: Where Does Skin Cancer Spread?

When melanoma advances to stage 3, it means the tumor has spread to the lymph nodes or the skin around the primary tumor and lymph nodes.

In stage 4, the cancer has moved to other areas far beyond the lymph nodes, like your internal organs.

The most common places melanoma spreads to are the: lungs.

How do you know if skin cancer has spread?

If your melanoma has spread to other areas, you may have:

  • Hardened lumps under your skin.
  • Swollen or painful lymph nodes.
  • Trouble breathing, or a cough that doesn’t go away.
  • Swelling of your liver (under your lower right ribs) or loss of appetite.
  • Bone pain or, less often, broken bones.

How long does it take for skin cancer to spread?

It can become life-threatening in as little as six weeks and, if untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body. Melanoma can appear on skin not normally exposed to the sun. Nodular melanoma is a highly dangerous form of melanoma that looks different from common melanomas.

How Can skin cancer be spread?

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How Skin Cancer Spreads-Mayo Clinic – YouTube


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Where does melanoma spread to first?

Melanoma typically starts its spread when cancer cells travel through the blood and lymph.