All Five Stages of Melanoma—Explained by a DermatologistMore
More than 96,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. That’s quite a scary statistic, but it’s important to remember that when melanoma is diagnosed—and how quickly it’s treated—has a lot to do with a patient’s chances of survival and recovery.
When doctors discover melanoma, they look at the affected tissue under a microscope to determine how much cancer is in the body and whether it has spread to other tissues or organs besides the skin—a process called staging. Here’s what patients and loved ones should know about the different stages of melanoma, and what they mean for treatment and prognosis.