TREATING MELANOMA SKIN CANCER
Certain groups are at a higher risk for melanoma, but not being a natural redhead doesn ‘t mean melanoma can ‘t happen to you! The fastest growing demographic for new melanoma cases is Hispanic women, and with minorities typically detecting skin cancers at later stages, we encourage everyone to do self-screening exams and be aware of warning signs for this most deadly type of skin cancer.
PROTECTING, DETECTING & TREATING
The primary cause for melanoma skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet radiation, or sunlight, which we are all exposed to every day. More than 500,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year, and they span the range of races, cultures, and national origin. Melanoma is the most aggressive and deadly form of skin cancer, but can be very successfully treated when caught early. For that reason, our practice places high priority on education, prevention, and early detection through regular skin cancer screenings with a board certified dermatologist.
A common rule of thumb to remember to help you detect early signs of melanoma known as the “ABCDE” method:
- Border: the edges are irregular
- Color: uneven tone
- Diameter: an increase in size
- Evolving: dramatic changes
Melanomas can have black or blue-black centers, and are abnormal or unsightly in appearance. Often resembling a mole, they can change in size, shape, color, or even feel. Melanoma can be found on any part of the body but 80 percent appear on the face, head or neck area, which can allow the cancer to spread quickly to vital organs and structures. Melanoma that has metastasized is much more serious and has lower cure rates.
TREATMENT IS HERE
Comprehensive Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery treats melanoma with the most comprehensive approach, providing complete medical, surgical, and cosmetic care for our patients within our private Winter Park office. Melanoma is most commonly treated by excising the lesion and surrounding tissue. Given the nature of these surgeries, and the cosmetic concerns of the most commonly affected areas (neck, face, scalp), it is important to choose a surgeon with expertise in surgical excision, and reconstructive and cosmetic closures.
Do you suspect you have Melanoma? Or have you already been diagnosed with Melanoma?
Our staff would love to be a part of your continued care. Comprehensive Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery is dedicated to providing complete care for our patients, providing for all of their dermatological and cosmetic concerns. We specialize in the treatment and management of skin cancer.