Melanoma

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What is it?

Melanoma is a type of a skin cancer. When found early and treated, melanoma can be cured. If allowed to grow and left untreated, melanoma can spread to other parts of the body and as a result melanoma can be a deadly form of skin cancer. Your doctor may take a biopsy of a suspicious mole or growth to determine if it is melanoma.

Who gets it?

Anyone can get melanoma but research has shown indoor tanning increases a person’s melanoma risk by 75%. Some people have a higher risk of getting melanoma. These people have the following traits/risk factors:

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Treatment

The following treatments may be given to treat melanoma

If the melanoma gets deeper into the skin or spreads, a patient may need more treatment. Other treatments include:

Tips

  1. Asymmetry
  2. Border
  3. Color
  4. Diameter
  5. Evolving

Learn more at the American Academy of Dermatology: AAD Melanoma.

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