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Is lentigo maligna melanoma serious?

Generally, lentigo maligna melanoma is only somewhat serious, but if left untreated, it may become more serious. When detected early, lentigo maligna melanoma only affects the topmost layer of skin and may be completely removed through surgery and other treatment. However, if the disease is left untreated, it may spread deeper into the skin and may even spread to other parts of the body. At that point, it may not be possible to completely get rid of it and it may become fatal. Because of this, it's important to see a doctor if you notice any symptoms, since the chance for a full recovery is better if you catch lentigo maligna melanoma early.

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Melanoma

The most serious type of skin cancer, melanoma affects the cells that give our skin its color. Although it can spread easily, it is curable when treated early.This cancer forms when the cells that make melanin grow abnormally or d...

o not die when they should. These cells, called melanocytes, are found in our skin’s outer layer. Melanoma typically begins in a mole or birthmark but can form in other tissues with pigmentation, such as your eye. When melanoma develops in the eye, it is called Intraocular Melanoma. Protect yourself by avoiding overexposure from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Stay vigilant of any changes in your skin, especially if you have the skin disease Xeroderma pigmentosum, which makes you sensitive to light. You are also more likely to develop melanoma if someone in your family has been previously diagnosed with this specific type of cancer.
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