What is Melanoma?
Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer. It arises from the disorganized growth and replication of cells in the skin that produce pigment or color (melanocytes). In the year 2019, there will be an estimated 96,000 new cases of melanoma diagnosed and approximately 7,500 people will die from the disease.
Unfortunately, incidence rates have slowly been on the rise over the past 10 years; however, with early detection and treatment, melanoma has a very high cure rate.
We ask all patients, whether you have light or dark skin, to perform self-examinations of their skin monthly. It has been well studied that early detection of melanoma is the most important indicator of prognosis.
Click HERE for information on how to do a self-skin exam at home.
When looking at your skin, it is helpful to keep in mind the ABCDEs of melanoma: asymmetry, border (irregular), color (varied instead of even), diameter (an increased risk if more than 6 mm, the size of a pencil eraser), evolving (changing moles are worrisome).