Melanoma is one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer and occurs when pigment-producing skin cells mutate and become cancerous. This form of skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body, and even begin in current moles that have become cancerous.
The signs and symptoms of melanoma include:
- Changes in existing moles: Changes in a mole’s size, shape, texture, or color.
- New pigmentations: Developing new or unusual-looking pigmentations and growths on the skin.
Skin diseases and cancers are most effectively diagnosed through a biopsy that can be performed in-house and sent to a specialist or lab. We will either remove the entire growth or part of the affected area during the biopsy for testing.
Once a diagnosis is confirmed, there are several ways to treat melanomas, such as:
- Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is used to destroy cancer cells and can be administered either through intravenous therapy (IV) or in oral pill form.
- Radiation therapy: Uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells or shrink the size of tumors.
- Targeted therapy: Medication that targets and kills the cancer’s genes, proteins, and the tissues that contribute to cancer’s growth.
The earlier you detect skin diseases, melanomas, or another potential cancer, the more treatment options are available to you. For more information on melanomas or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (907) 865-8455.