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How common is stage 4 melanoma?

Not all melanoma necessarily progresses to stage 4 melanoma; most of the time it is diagnosed and treated in earlier stages. It is estimated that almost 1.2 million Americans have some stage of melanoma (there are more than 87,000 new cases diagnosed in a year), and 4% of these cancers have spread from the initial melanoma to other parts of the body, which indicates the fourth stage. Therefore, around 47,000 people are thought to have stage 4 melanoma. Talk to your doctor if you think you have symptoms of melanoma.

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