Malignant melanoma skin cancer is highly curable in its early stage.

In its early stage, malignant melanoma skin cancer is highly curable with proper treatment.



Melanoma is the third most common type of skin cancer with basal cell carcinoma being number one, followed by squamous cell carcinoma in second.

Melanoma skin cancer is the most deadly of skin cancers.






The following video makes a strong point.








Malignant Melanoma

About 50,000 cases of malignant melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed in the US every year. About 8,000 lose their lives to this deadly form of melanoma cancer. It is estimated that 1 in 70 people will develop melanoma skin cancer in their lifetime.

Melanoma detection plays an extremely important role in curing this cancer. Melanomas vary in shape, size and color. They are usually dark pigmented, but they also may be pale in color, making them look very innocent.





From Tanning Beds to Melanoma and now Speaking Out -Meghan Rothschild -USA





Ultraviolet rays and melanoma Two of the highest risk factors for malignant melanoma are:

• Sun exposure ….and

• Regular tanning bed use.



Other risk factors include:

• Family history of melanoma

• Personal history of melanoma

• Caucasions (but not limited to)

• History of non-melanoma skin cancer

• High number of moles may increase the risk


Many of us have been accustomed to associate tanning with healthier looking skin. But in fact, excessive tanning makes your skin age faster and is a leading cause of malignant melanoma skin cancer.

Ultraviolet rays do have a health benefit for us, but consistent overexposure to the sun and tanning beds can be extremely harmful.

As with most things, the key is moderation.


Melanoma

Melanoma

Melanomas vary in shape, size and color. They are usually dark pigmented, but they also may be pale in color, making them look very innocent.





MELANOMA : “NO BIG DEAL ” IT JUST SKIN CANCER! -Nick -Ohio





The American Cancer Society has an “ABCD” system which is very useful for identifying suspicious lesions.

It is as follows:

• Asymmetry: If the Mole is folded upon itself in any plane, one half does not match the other

• Border irregularity: Edges are notched, blurred, or ragged

• Color: There may be differing shades of pink, tan, black, blue, red, or even white within the same mole

• Diameter: Though melanomas may be quite small, any mole over 6 mm (about the diameter of a pencil eraser) is suspicious.





See the Five Signs of Skin Cancer



Do Your Own Self Skin Exam




Melanoma

When you see anything suspicious happening, see your Doctor or dermatologist right away for proper detection.

• A Doctor or a nurse can examine your skin for any Abnormalities In Moles, birthmarks or other pigmented areas.

• A biopsy can be performed to remove as much as possible.

• A pathologist examines the tissue for cancer cells

I would say to have the biopsy sample checked by a second pathologist as melanoma can be hard to diagnose and it’s nothing to take a chance with.

If the biopsy is found to be cancerous, then the rest can be surgically removed.

Prognosis for malignant melanoma skin cancer is greater if the malignant melanoma has not spread beyond the outer layer of the skin into the lymph nodes or other places in the body.

The best protection would be to avoid excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays and begin a healthy lifestyle to strengthen your immune system.

It’s never too early or too late to take control of your health.



Links related to Melanoma:
Amelanotic Melanoma
Nodular Melanoma
Superficial Spreading Melanoma
Mole Cancers
Moles on Face
Cancerous Moles
Five Signs of Skin Cancer


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"MELANOMA : “NO BIG DEAL ” IT'S JUST SKIN CANCER!

Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me. But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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