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Is skin cancer serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Skin cancer can be serious, but, luckily, it is often treatable. If it is found early in its development, skin cancer is usually treated successfully. However, if left untreated, the cancer can spread throughout the body and may become life-threatening. This is especially the case with melanoma, which is considered more dangerous than other types of skin cancer because it is more likely to spread quickly. Because early diagnosis and treatment usually result in a successful recovery, it is important to talk to your doctor as soon as you notice any symptoms of skin cancer.

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