Stage 0 Follow-Up

After treatment, all patients with Stage 0 melanoma should receive a skin examination, using the following schedule:

Type of Follow-up Description of Follow-up

Skin Examination

Annually by healthcare provider Monthly self-examination.

Imaging Tests

Possibly to check for specific symptoms.

All patients with Stage 0 melanoma should have a skin examination at least once a year for the rest of their life. Imaging tests are performed if specific signs of cancer appear.

Good news!

When melanoma is found and treated early, the chances for long-term, disease-free survival are excellent. With treatment, patients with Stage 0 melanoma have a 5 and 10 year overall survival rate of 99%-100%.1

Large scale studies have shown the following probabilities of disease-free survival. Keep in mind that the statistics shown for survival are averages; everyone’s cancer and survival rate is based on many factors and determined on an individual basis.

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1. Balch CM, Buzaid AC, Soong SJ, et al. Final version of the American Joint Committee on Cancer Staging System for Cutaneous Melanoma. J Clin Oncol. 2001;19(16):3635-3648.

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