If melanoma skin cancer spreads
Cancer cells can spread from the area of skin where the cancer started to other parts of the body. This spread is called metastasis.
Understanding how a type of cancer usually grows and spreads helps your healthcare team plan your treatment and future care. If melanoma skin cancer spreads, it can spread to the following:
- lymph nodes near where the cancer started (called regional lymph nodes)
- other areas of skin away from where the cancer started
- soft tissuesoft tissueThe soft tissues in the body (distinct from bone and cartilage). under the skin (called subcutaneous tissue)
- gastrointestinal (GI) tract, such as the small intestine
- adrenal gland
What’s the lifetime risk of getting cancer?
The latest Canadian Cancer Statistics report shows about half of Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.