Is there a cure for skin cancer?

Skin cancer has a 95% cure rate when it is discovered early and surgically removed from the skin.  When people catch the skin changes themselves, the cancer is usually at an earlier, more curable stage.

Researchers reported that they saw success treating melanoma with modified herpes viruses. When researchers injected the virus into the skin where melanoma was, the virus attacked the cancer cells, eliminating them. This research is indeed useful, and this treatment may interfere with the growth of melanomas, but it is not known if the cancer will return somewhere else and if this treatment works on melanoma that has spread.

Prevention and awareness are the best defenses in the fight against melanoma.
There is no guaranteed cure for skin cancer, but treatments are completely effective in many cases. Especially if the cancer is found in its early stages, the proper treatment may make it possible to entirely remove the cancer. The most effective treatment options for skin cancer may include surgical removal of the tumor (using one of many available procedures), chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Talk to your doctor to determine the most effective treatment options for you.

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