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What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops in the melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin. While this type of skin cancer is less common than squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC), it is considered a much more dangerous type of skin cancer. Melanoma can quickly spread to other organs in the body, causing several other types of cancer to occur in the patient.

Our board-certified providers at Advanced Dermatology of North Central Ohio are here to help patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of melanoma. We understand that the possibility of a skin cancer diagnosis can be frightening. However, early detection is one of the best ways to prevent more serious side effects of the disease. Contact our team in Mansfield, Ohio, for an early-detection skin cancer screening if you suspect you may have developed melanoma.

Melanoma FAQs

Have you recently been diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer, or suspect that you may have developed this condition? We understand there are a lot of questions about melanoma, and we offer patients some of the most commonly-asked questions about this disease below. If you suspect that you may have melanoma, contact our dermatology clinic to schedule a screening for early detection.

Melanoma can present on the skin in a variety of ways, including:

  • A new spot or mole that looks different from others
  • A spot with color variations or jagged edges
  • A mole that changes shape  or color
  • A patch of thick skin that appears to be slowly growing in size
  • Dark lines underneath the nails

If you’re wondering if you’ve developed a melanoma, remember to use the ABCDE’s of skin cancer:

  • A for Asymmetry
  • B for Border
  • C for Color
  • D for Diameter
  • E for Evolving

Our providers can provide additional in-depth information about melanoma, including how to recognize it on your skin, during your annual skin cancer screening.

The cause of melanoma, like most skin cancers, isn’t clear. However, there is a correlation between UV radiation (from the sun or tanning beds) and an increased risk of developing skin cancer.

Melanoma often isn’t painful, but it can sometimes cause discomfort, such as itchiness, bleeding, or mild pain in the area. Most people who develop melanoma never feel any pain or discomfort, however.

Melanoma is considered one of the most dangerous types of skin cancer because of how quickly it can spread. If left undiagnosed and untreated, melanoma can spread and become a life-threatening disease in as few as six weeks. So, it’s important to schedule a skin cancer screening if you suspect you may have developed melanoma.

While often a less common type of skin cancer, melanoma could affect up to roughly 198,000 Americans in 2022. While not all of these will be invasive forms of the disease, it’s important to remember that the estimated 5-year survival rate for patients in the United States is 99% with early detection.

Depending on the severity and depth of the melanoma, our providers may recommend surgical excision to remove the melanoma from your skin. Following the procedure, we may recommend additional treatments, including immunotherapy or chemotherapy, to help eliminate as much melanoma as possible and put you into remission from the cancer growth.

Melanoma Photos

Do you suspect that you may have melanoma skin cancer? Explore our photo gallery below, and contact our board-certified physicians to schedule an appointment. We are here to help you find the treatment options you need following a melanoma diagnosis.

Close Up Picture Of Finger Pointing At Dangerous Brown Nevus On Human Skin - Melanoma
Visual Examination Of The Mole For The Presence Of Malignant Neoplasms. Prevention For Detecting Skin Cancer And Melanoma.
Macro Black Birthmark On Skin
Suspicious Mole Abnormal Color

Skin Cancer Screening by Advanced Dermatology of North Central Ohio

Receiving a skin cancer diagnosis can be quite scary, especially when the type of skin cancer is melanoma. Our team at Advanced Dermatology at North Central Ohio is here to help you find the right diagnosis and treatment options for melanoma skin cancer. We offer a variety of treatment options at our comfortable, advanced dermatology clinic in Mansfield, Ohio.

Schedule your skin cancer screening and melanoma treatment at Advanced Dermatology of North Central Ohio by contacting us online or calling us at 419-756-1600 today.

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