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Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, the two most common forms of skin cancer, are highly curable if detected early and treated properly, AAD says. The 5-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98 percent. For stage IA, the 5-year survival rate is around 97 percent; the 10-year survival is around 95 percent, according to the American Cancer Society.