Melanoma is the most serious and deadly form of skin cancer, and metastatic melanoma is when the disease has spread to other parts of the body. The National Cancer Institute estimates that in 2013, there will be more than 76,000 new cases of melanoma and close to 9,500 deaths in the United States from the disease. Approximately half of all people with metastatic melanoma have a BRAF mutation, which is an abnormal change in a gene that can enable some melanoma tumors to grow and spread. Melanoma occurs in people of all ages, with rates increasing with age. While progress has been made in the treatment of metastatic melanoma, life expectancy is still low.
This infographic describes melanoma and metastatic melanoma, including the prevalence of melanoma and metastatic melanoma with a BRAF V600 mutation, risk factors and treatment. For more information, please visit us.gsk.com