Melanoma

Malignant melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Approximately 55,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. per year. It often appears in sun-exposed skin, but may occur anywhere, including the eye. It also occurs, rarely, in skin of color. If detected early, it is 100% curable. If, however, it has progressed beyond superficial levels of the skin, it is a very serious disease requiring extensive evaluation, surgery, and possible chemotherapy or a trial of vaccine therapy.

The signs which suggest that a lesion may be a malignant melanoma are:

A - Asymmetry
B - Borders that are irregular
C - Color variation
D - Diameter larger than 6 millimeters

The number of melanomas diagnosed in the U.S. per year is steadily increasing up to 55, 000 per year. Clearly, the diagnosis is being made more often and earlier. Unfortunately, the number of deaths per year has not decreased and remains constant at 7800 per year.

Cancers of the skin are the most common of all malignancies and are increasing in number. Most are treatable and curable if diagnosed early. Expert examination and biopsy, when needed, is the first step toward prevention of this disease.

Some of the skin cancer treatment options we provide include surgical skin cancer removal, skin cancer immunotherapy and photodynamic treatment of the skin cancer.




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