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.