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Is stage 3 melanoma serious?

Stage 3 melanoma is quite serious because the cancerous growth has spread from the skin through the underlying fat and tissue and into the nearby lymph nodes. In some cases, cancerous cells may have started to spread to farther parts of the body. Surgical removal of the growth and surrounding tissue, as well as any nearby lymph nodes, may help get rid of the melanoma. Usually, the five-year survival rate for stage 3 melanoma is about 30% to 70%, which means that 30% to 70% of people who have proper treatment 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 relatively quickly.

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