Melanoma

Melanoma

Q. What is Malignant Melanoma?
A. Malignant Melanoma is one of the most lethal forms of skin cancer. This cancer begins in the skin. Melanoma has a strong tendency to spread to other parts of the body. That is why this is a potentially lethal form of cancer. Melanoma may suddenly appear in the skin without warning, or it may also begin in or near a mole. That’s why it’s important to know the size and location of the moles on your body, so you’ll recognize any changes that might take place. If you have any questions about suspicious moles, be sure and consult your board-certified Dermatologist.


Q. Is there a way to prevent Melanoma?
A. By keeping your sun exposure at a minimum, you can reduce your risk of melanoma. This is especially true for people with a light complexion, with many moles and with atypical moles. Use a “15″ SPF rated sunscreen, especially during the peak sun hours of 10 am to 2 pm. If you have a suspicious mole or notice a change in a mole you should consult a dermatologist. Be sure to ask your dermatologist if they are board-certified.


Q. Can Melanoma be treated?
A. Yes, it can be treated. In the early stages, melanoma is completely curable. For advanced melanoma, treatment must be individualized. The best weapon against melanoma is early detection and prompt removal by your board-certified dermatologist.