If melanoma returns

For some people melanoma does come back after treatment, which is known as a recurrence. Recurrence can be locally at the site where the melanoma was removed; in the lymph nodes; or further away in other body sites, like the lung, brain or liver.

People who have had one melanoma have about five times the risk of developing a new melanoma compared with the average person of their age.

It is important to be familiar with your skin, check it for changes, and visit your doctor for regular check-ups.

During follow-up appointments, your doctor will check your melanoma site and lymph nodes for any regrowth or spread. Your doctor will also check the rest of your skin for other possible melanomas.

This information was last reviewed in January 2017
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