How to Treat Melanoma Stage by Stage

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Melanoma could use some help in the PR department. Its best-known quality? Being the most dangerous form of skin cancer, since it can quickly spread to other parts of your body if it isn’t diagnosed early. But here’s a positive headline: Treatments for melanoma have drastically improved in recent years. Early detection is still key—cure and survival rates are much higher in the earlier stages of the disease versus later stages—but there are promising treatment options available for any stage. The key to finding what’s best for you is knowing exactly which stage of melanoma you’re dealing with.

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