Advertisement

How does stage 1 melanoma affect the body?

Stage 1 melanoma is caused by the overproduction of certain skin cells called melanocytes, which are the cells that produce skin pigment. This cell overgrowth usually starts on an existing mole on the skin or as a new skin growth. Generally, these growths are found in areas of skin that are exposed to sunlight, although they may be found in other parts of the body, including internal mucous membranes like those found in the esophagus and urinary tract. Stage 1 melanoma is the second stage of skin cancer, so growths have spread from the epidermis, or topmost layer of skin, down into the dermis, which is the next layer of skin. If left untreated, stage 1 melanoma can continue to spread rapidly to other parts of the body.

Continue Learning about Melanoma

Melanoma Diagnosis More Deadly for Men than Women
Melanoma Diagnosis More Deadly for Men than Women
Looks like science has found another reason for guys to slather on the sunscreen—according to a study, young men are 55 percent more likely to die fro...
Read More
What is malignant melanoma?
Audrey Kunin, MDAudrey Kunin, MD
Malignant melanoma arises from skin growths known as nevi, or "moles" as they are more commonly know...
More Answers
How often should I have my skin checked for melanoma?
Alice DomarAlice Domar
There is no good data proving that skin checks reduce the risk of death by melanoma, so whether ...
More Answers
Can Drinking Coffee Prevent Melanoma?
Can Drinking Coffee Prevent Melanoma?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.