Frequently Asked Questions About Melanoma Treatment

What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a very serious skin cancer. It involves the uncontrolled growth of cells that produce pigment, the substance in skin that produces color. Melanomas may appear suddenly and without warning and are found most frequently on the face and neck, upper back and legs, but can occur anywhere on the body.

What Causes Melanoma(s)?

The most common known cause of Melanoma is excessive exposure to the ultra violet rays of the sun. Melanoma that is malignant has been traced by to childhood sunburns and overall sun exposure. Other possible causes include genetic factors and immune system deficiencies.

What Does Malignant (Cancerous) Melanoma Look Like?

Melanoma generally begins as a mottled, light brown to black flat blemish with borders that are irregular and commonly appear on the upper back, torso, lower legs, head and neck. Blemishes are usually at least a quarter of an inch in size and may turn shades of red, blue and white, crust on the surface and bleed. Any mole that changes in appearance, a new mole or a mole that begins to grow should be examined by a doctor.

Can Melanoma Be Cured ?

When it comes to Melanoma, early detection is crucial. As such, when detected early, surgical removal can cure the disease in most cases. Dermatologists recommend regular self-examination of the skin to detect changes in appearance, especially changes in existing moles or blemishes. Those with risk factors are recommended to have annual skin examinations in Revivify's Ft. Lauderdale office.

How Can Melanoma Be Prevented?

UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. Stay in the shade, wear protective clothing, and wear a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.