Stage I Melanoma
What do I need to know?
Stage I melanoma is broken down into Stage IA and Stage IB:
Stage IA - The tumor is less than 1 millimeter thick, does not appear to be ulcerated and it has not spread to any lymph nodes or other organs.
Stage IB - The tumor is either less than 1 millimeter thick and ulcerated or 1-2 millimeters thick and not ulcerated. It has not spread to any lymph nodes or other organs.
Treating Stage I Melanoma
The tumor and some surrounding, healthy tissue should be removed surgically, usually by a wide excision. The removal of the healthy tissue helps ensure clear margins. Usually, no further treatment is necessary. However, a sentinel lymph node biopsy may be performed if the tumor is ulcerated or is equal to or deeper than 1 millimeter. Skin examination to evaluate for a new melanoma or other skin cancer should continue. Your dermatologist may recommend professional appointments every 3-6 months and self-skin exams at home should be performed every month.