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Malignant Melanoma

What Is Malignant Melanoma?

Malignant Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer melanocytes, the cells that produce dark, protective pigment called melanin. Individual lesions may appear as a dark brown, black or multi-colored growth with irregular borders that can become crusted and bleed. Melanoma may affect anyone at any age and can occur anywhere on the body. An increased risk of developing this disease is seen in people who have fair skin, light hair and eye color, a family history of melanoma or who have had melanoma in the past. These tumors can arise in or near a preexisting mole or may appear without warning. Malignant Melanoma may spread to other organs, making it essential to treat this skin cancer early.

The ABCs of Melanoma:

Skin Cancers | Kentucky Dermatology And Cosmetic Surgery Center (6)Asymmetry: One half does not match the other half.

Skin Cancers | Kentucky Dermatology And Cosmetic Surgery Center (7)Border Irregularity: The edges are notched or ragged.

Skin Cancers | Kentucky Dermatology And Cosmetic Surgery Center (8) Color: Varied shades of tan, black and brown.

 Skin Cancers | Kentucky Dermatology And Cosmetic Surgery Center (10)Diameter: Greater than 6 millimeters.

Skin Cancers | Kentucky Dermatology And Cosmetic Surgery Center (11)Evolving: Change in size, shape, or shade of color.

HOW CAN WE PROTECT OURSELVES?

Overexposure to sunlight, especially when it results in sunburn and blistering, is a major cause of melanoma. Thus, an important preventive measure to help reduce the risk of Malignant Melanoma is sun avoidance, especially during peak sunlight hours of 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Limit skin exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays by wearing sunglasses, broad-brimmed hats and protective, tightly woven clothing. Furthermore, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, rated SPF-15 or higher, on exposed skin, including the lips, even on cloudy days. Reapply sunscreen frequently.

Additionally, avoid tanning parlors and artificial tanning devices. Inspect your entire body regularly for any skin changes, and routinely visit your dermatologist for a skin examination. Detecting Malignant Melanoma early can be lifesaving, since this cancer may be curable in its early stages. Any irregularity in an existing or newly developed pigment skin lesion (asymmetry, uneven border, color variability, diameter of more than 6mm, elevation or bleeding) could be a sing of melanoma and should be examined immediately by a dermatologist. People with dark complexions can also develop melanoma, especially on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, under nails and in the mouth. Therefore, these areas of the body should be examined closely on a regular basis.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

After sections of tissue from a biopsy of your skin are assessed under a microscope by a Dermatopathologist and determined to be “Melanoma”, your dermatologist will recommend several treatment options. Your dermatologist will discuss several treatment options. Treatment of Malignant Melanoma is designed according to several variables including location, extent of spread and aggressiveness of the tumor as well as your general health. Forms of treatment for melanoma include surgical excision, Mohs Micrographic Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Sometimes lymph nodes are removed. Your dermatologist will help you to better understand these treatment options.

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