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Is stage 0 melanoma serious?

All stages of melanoma are serious, but stage 0 melanoma is the least serious stage of the cancer. When detected early in stage 0, the cancerous mole or growth is only in the topmost layer of skin and can be completely surgically removed. Generally, that treatment will get rid of the melanoma and is, theoretically, 100Percent successful. However, once the disease has spread from the skin to other parts of the body, it may not be possible to completely get rid of it and it may become fatal. That being said, it's very important to see a doctor if you notice any changes in existing moles or any new skin growths, since the chance for a full recovery is good if you catch melanoma in stage 0.

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