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View in Spanish: Melanoma en estadio I

Stage I melanoma (.. MEH-luh-NOH-muh)
Stage I is divided into stages IA and IB. In stage IA, the tumor is not more than 1 millimeter thick, with no ulceration. The tumor is in the epidermis (outer layer of skin) and upper layer of the dermis (inner layer of skin). In stage IB, the tumor is either not more than 1 millimeter thick and it has ulceration or it has spread into the dermis or the tissue below the skin; or more than 1 but not more than 2 millimeters thick, with no ulceration.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.