Stages of Skin Cancer – How advanced is the cancer?

If I would have known the stages of skin cancer and what stage of skin cancer I was at, I probably would have made some different choices.

Based on what I know today about the stages of melanoma and non melanoma skin cancer, I believe I could have avoided most of the aggressive treatments that I was given.

Even though there is more exposure from the media today about skin cancer it seems like many people still are not really taking it serious enough.

The stages of skin cancer can advance very quickly, right before your eyes. This often goes unnoticed.

To me, the problem is obvious. It all boils down to being aware and being, at least somewhat, educated about what to be suspicious about on your skin.

If you know the warning signs and how slowly or rapidly the stages of skin cancer can progress you would be quicker about getting the proper attention from a dermatologist or a qualified professional.

I’m not trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill, but when it comes to skin cancer that mole hill can become a very dangerous mountain.

It always helps to have some knowledge yourself to form your own opinion, along with what the doctor may or may not tell you. Your doctor may not be trying to hide anything; it’s just that a lot of things don’t get said unless we ask questions.

I was one who didn’t know anything about skin cancer or what the stages of skin cancer should mean to me, and I didn’t ask a lot of questions.

I didn’t know the dangers of progression and I wanted to treat it only with alternative medicine. Maybe that would have eventually and totally worked out for me; I don’t know.

I just know that my stage of skin cancer had developed to a stage 4, so I followed through with the conventional treatments.

I combined changing to a healthy living style and the conventional treatments and I’m here, since 1990 with no recurrence.

I’m about to tell you the stages of melanoma and non melanoma and describe them for you. But probably, if you are concerned about knowing the stages of skin cancer, you’ll want to browse through the rest of my site.

Nonmelanoma - Stages of Skin Cancer

• Stage 0: This is when cells are starting to form abnormally. They are precancerous, but have the potential to become cancerous. This is the very best time to react, when you see something Abnormal.

• Stage I:  The abnormal cells have now become cancerous and the diameter of the lesion is less than 2 cm. (about the diameter of a pencil eraser). At this point it has not spread beyond the surface of the skin.

• Stage II:  Now the cancerous area is greater than 2 cm. (about the size of a marble +). It still has not spread beyond the surface of the skin.

• Stage III:  It has spread to other adjoining areas and you may not even be able to notice it. The regional lymph nodes now could be involved.

• Stage IV:  The cancer has spread to other distant areas of the body and it could be involving internal organs.

Stages of Melanoma Skin Cancer

• Stage 0:  Abnormal discolored cell will start to show up. It could be as simple as a dark colored mole.

• Stage I:  Cancerous cells are now present. At this point they are less than 2 mm. thick. This is about the thickness of a quarter.

• Stage II:  The cancerous spot is now between 2 and 4 millimeters in thickness (between 1 and 2 quarters placed together). They are still only confined to the skin.

• Stage III:  The melanoma skin cancer has spread beyond the skin and now involves the lymph nodes.

• Stage IV:  It has now gone even beyond the lymph nodes and reached such vital organs as the liver, lungs and brain.

Out of all the stages of skin cancer, the best time to react is stage 0. The earlier, the better.

But don't worry, with all the treatments available today, many can still survive from stage III and even stage IV, as I did from stage III.

Your doctor will determine what stage of skin cancer you may be at, but with your awareness beforehand it can be detected at an early stage. The survival rate is always highest in the early stages.

So learn how to spot skin cancer in the early stages.

Learn the warning signs and how to do a self skin exam. Be aware that during the progression of the stages of cancer it begins to grow inward from the skin, possibly to the lymph nodes and other vital internal organs.

I hope this helps you and you’ll continue to browse and revisit my site for help and information about skin cancer.

Learn all about it, and if you have ever been told “you have skin cancer” or are supporting a loved one, You Have a Story to Tell.

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Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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Bottom Line
The Weather Channel has done well posting this information and photos to help you spot skin cancer, including melanoma.
It can be hard to spot, even for a professional.
The bottom line is to get an expert's opinion about any suspicious mole or lesion on your skin. If necessary, get a second opinion  and/or request a biopsy. it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t put your very life at risk!