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What are the symptoms of stage 1 melanoma?

Symptoms of stage 1 melanoma are growths on the skin. These growths usually appear as a change in a mole that you already have or as a new skin growth. In stage 1 melanoma, the growths have penetrated through the epidermis, or the topmost layer of skin, into the next layer of skin, or the dermis. Generally, melanoma is found on skin that's exposed to the sun, but they can form anywhere on the skin, including under fingernails and even internally. Normal moles usually have smooth edges, are symmetrical, and have a uniform color, so if you notice a mole that doesn't fit those characteristics, you should see a doctor. Other symptoms of melanoma include itchiness, scaliness, or oozing on a lesion on the skin. Since symptoms vary from person to person, it's important to see a doctor if you think you may have melanoma.

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