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While only about 5 percent of all skin cancers are melanomas, these are the most dangerous and quickly spreading forms of the disease. Nevertheless, most of these cancers are curable when caught and treated at an early stage. Because they are much harder to successfully treat once they have spread to other parts of the body, it is important to seek immediate evaluation and treatment by an experienced surgeon if you have a diagnosed or suspected skin cancer. To arrange for a consultation with our providers, pleasr contact us today at 727.270.9927, or fill out an appointment request form here.

Melanoma Types

  • Superficial spreading melanoma (most common, usually found in younger people)
  • Lentigo maligna (mostly found in older adults with sun-damaged skin)
  • Acral lentiginous melanoma (typically appears under a nail or on soles of the feet or palms)
  • Nodular melanoma (often found on men’s scalps)

Indications of a possible melanoma

  • Skin growth or raised patch of skin resembling a mole
  • Mole that has changed appearance
  • Coloration may be black, brown, pink, purple, white or bluish
  • Growth that is asymmetrical in shape, has uneven borders and/or is multi-colored
  • Growth that is larger than a quarter inch in diameter
  • Growth that changes in size, color or other dimensions

Melanoma Causes and Risk Factors

  • Atypical moles
  • Genetic predisposition
  • UV rays from sunshine or tanning beds
  • Sunburns
  • Personal history of skin cancer
  • Weakened immune system

Diagnosis Methods

  • Medical history and physical exam
  • Punch or shave biopsy
  • Excisional or incisional biopsy
  • Fine needle aspiration biopsy (for nearby lymph nodes)
  • Imaging studies to detect spreading of the disease

Treatments

  • Resection (surgical excision)
  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Reconstructive plastic surgery