|TYPES CAUSES SYMPTOMS DIAGNOSIS STAGES TREATMENT|
If melanoma is identified, staging is performed to learn the extent of the disease. Staging is helpful to known how deeply the melanoma has invaded the skin and whether it have spread to nearby lymph nodes or other parts of the body.
Stage 0 - The melanoma cells are found only in the outer layer of skin cells and have not invaded deeper tissues.
Stage I - Melanoma cells are thin and have not spread to nearby lymph nodes. The outer layer (epidermis) of skin may appear scraped. This is called an ulceration
Stage II - The tumor is at least 1 millimeter thick. The melanoma cells have not spread to nearby lymph nodes.
Stage III - The melanoma cells have spread to nearby tissues Stage IV - The melanoma cells have spread to other organs, to lymph nodes, or to skin areas far away from the original tumor.
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