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7 Things to Know About Advanced Melanoma

7 Things to Know About Advanced Melanoma

Skin cancer is the most common cancer, and melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. About 2 of every 10 skin cancers are melanoma, but that number has been going up. When it's caught early, melanoma can almost always be cured. When it's not caught early, it can spread beyond your skin. Once is has spread it is called advanced melanoma. This type of skin cancer is harder to treat. Here are seven more things to know about advanced melanoma.

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