MELANOMA IN THE SCALP
By Gary White, MD
A 0.6 mm melanoma in the scalp of a Caucasian man.
Melanomas may occasionally occur in the scalp. Thus, it is important to look in the scalp during a complete skin exam.
- Scalp melanoma has double the mortality risk of other head and neck melanomas.
- Poorer survival of scalp melanoma is largely explained by tumor thickness and a higher proportion of male patients [JAAD 2017;76;494].
- Scalp melanoma is most common in the older man who is loosing hair.
Lentigo Maligna on the vertex of a patient with thinning hair.
Melanoma If there is plenty of hair, melanoma is uncommon in the scalp. Once the hair thins and UV does its damage, melanoma may occur.
Melanoma in situ on the scalp.
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