Lymph node status is a predictor of survival in patients with vulvar melanoma and vaginal melanoma, according to a study published in American Journal of Clinical Dermatology.

“Based on … recent advances in skin melanoma and the poor overall prognosis of genital melanomas reported in smaller series, comprehensive study of VuM and VaM is warranted,” the study authors wrote. “The aim of this study is to describe the epidemiologic, clinical and histopathologic characteristics of VuM and VaM and to analyze their impact on survival.”