Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Allowed to grow, melanoma can spread quickly to other parts of the body. This can be deadly. But there is good news. Early detection is still our best defense against melanoma since the thickness of a melanoma is one the best predictors of how aggressive it will be. Thin melanomas can be surgically treated right here in our office and have a very good prognosis. More aggressive melanomas may require adjunctive testing or therapy requiring us to work in conjunction with oncologists or surgeons. Over the past 10 years, our understanding has increased dramatically. New treatments have demonstrated substantial tumor shrinkage, a prolonged remission interval, and even improved overall survival — benefits never achieved before. Read More.
Melanoma can develop in an existing mole or look like a new mole on your skin.
It can form anywhere on your body including the scalp, genitals, and even under a nail.