Melanoma is a type of 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.
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:
The following melanoma treatments may be given to treat the skin
If the melanoma gets deeper into the skin or spreads, a patient may need more treatment. Other melanoma treatments include:
Hands down the BEST dermatologists in Boston!!!!! They diagnosed a melanoma that I had on my leg that my previous dermatologist told me not to worry about for 2 years! Appointments are super easy to make, the office is super clean and bright, and the staff is amazing as well. I can’t wait to try them out for some cosmetic stuff that I want done. I highly recommend the Dermatology Institute of Boston!!
– Christy Rathjens
If you are concerned you may have melanoma and would like to visit our Boston office for a checkup, please schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified providers or contact our office directly.
Learn more at the American Academy of Dermatology: AAD Melanoma.
Our goal here at The Dermatology of Institute of Boston is protect the health of our patients and staff. To continue caring for our patients during these uncertain times, while strictly adhering to the guidelines set by the CDC, we will be only offering virtual consultations. For some patients, an in person visit is best, but if you feel that your concern could be addressed online, this may be a convenient option for you.