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Is stage 1 melanoma serious?

All stages of melanoma are serious, but stage 1 melanoma is one of the mildly-serious stages of the cancer. When detected early in stage 1, the cancerous mole or growth has spread from the epidermis (top layer of skin) to the dermis (middle layer of skin). However, it's not yet spread to other parts of the body. Generally, surgical removal of the growth and some surrounding tissue will get rid of the melanoma and generally has a five-year survival rate of 89percent to 95percent, which means that about 90 percent of people with this surgery will still be alive five years later. However, once the disease has spread from the skin to other parts of the body, 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 better the earlier you treat it.

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