Skin Cancer Melanoma Overview
Another name for Skin Cancer Melanoma is Malignant Melanoma.
What is malignant melanoma?
Malignant melanoma is a form of skin cancer. A person with malignant melanoma has abnormal cells in the skin that multiply out of control. These cells can form tumors and spread to other parts of the body. Melanoma is the sixth most common cause of cancer in the US. Melanoma rates are rising faster than any cancer in men and are second only to lung cancer in women.
What are the symptoms of malignant melanoma?
Malignant melanoma usually appears as a deep black mole on a region of the skin that is exposed to the sun. Occasionally, malignant melanoma may occur on skin that is not exposed to the sun. Symptoms of malignant melanoma include a mole that has changed shape, color, or size.
How does the doctor treat malignant melanoma?
Most malignant melanomas are curable if they are detected, and treated, early. Treatment for early malignant melanoma is surgical. More advanced disease often requires the combination of includes surgery, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy.
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