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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:
The soft tissues in the body (distinct from bone and cartilage).
Soft tissue includes muscle, fat, fibrous tissue, blood vessels and other tissues that support structures and organs in the body.
Making progress in the cancer fight
The 5-year cancer survival rate has increased from 25% in the 1940s to 60% today.