Dr. Scott McLean and the Victors Melanoma Research Team are hosting a fundraiser tailgate before the University of Michigan vs. Michigan State University football game on Saturday, Oct. 29. Proceeds from the "Tackle Melanoma Tailgate" will benefit melanoma research at the University of Michigan. Learn more about the event and how to register.
Melanoma Research at the University of Michigan Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Mucosal melanoma is a rare form of melanoma, making up only about 1% of melanoma cases. Approximately 50% of mucosal melanomas begin in the head and neck region. Unlike most cases of melanoma of the skin, mucosal melanoma is not considered to be related to or affected by U.V. exposure. Additionally, there are no obvious identified risk factors, not even family history. Lacking an identifiable culprit and given its rare occurrence, most cases of mucosal melanoma are quite advanced once identified, giving it a poor prognosis (Source: Melanoma.org.).
Here at the U-M Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, we believe that the key to treating and curing all types of melanoma is in developing earlier detection methods and innovative approaches to treatment. More specifically, Dr. Scott McLean of our Division of Head and Neck Oncology is researching the role that circulating tumor cells have in the metastasis of melanoma. Circulating tumor cells are cells that shed from a primary tumor and circulate in the bloodstream. These circulating cells can then serve as seeds for subsequent growth of additional tumors in vital distant organs, which contributes to the poor prognosis of melanoma. Dr. McLean's team believes that by detecting these circulating cells and then treating them, we can improve patient outcomes and even cure melanoma.
If you would like to support our melanoma research efforts by joining us for the tailgate, making a donation online, or mailing your cash or check made payable to the University of Michigan, to the address below.
Scott McLean Fund for Head and Neck Cancer Research
1000 Oakbrook Dr., Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-6815