The treatment for melanoma depends entirely on how early it’s identified. Generally, once a potential melanoma is identified, you will be sent for a biopsy to determine if the mole is cancerous. You will hear doctors talk about what is known as a ‘staging system’ to determine the appropriate treatment for your melanoma. This is used to outline how far the cancer has spread.
For example, stage 0 is a melanoma that has been caught very early and not progressed beyond the surface of the skin. This can usually be surgically removed under local anaesthetic.
Serious forms of melanoma
In contrast, stage 4 is a melanoma that has spread to other areas of your body. This is the most serious form of melanoma and much more difficult to treat. In these cases, you might be offered treatments associated with many other types of cancer, such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
The advantages of early detection are very clear. If you have any concerns, don’t wait for things to get worse. Talk to a doctor today.