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The diagnosis of melanomas at Martha Jefferson increased by 60 percent in 2006 over the previous two years.
Though the rate is not reflected in state or national statistics, it is clear that melanoma is on the rise nationwide, as are other skin cancers, especially among women.
Though such an upward trend is disconcerting, skin cancer is 99 percent preventable, and with early detection patients are cured at a success rate of nearly 100 percent.
Depending on the form of cancer, and how far it has progressed, one of the following treatments may be used during the treatment process: