Is melanoma serious?

Melanoma can be very serious if it's not detected and treated in its early stages. When detected early, the cancerous mole or growth can be surgically removed, and that generally will get rid of the melanoma. However, once the disease has spread from the skin to other parts of the body, it's much more challenging to treat and may require chemotherapy, radiation, or other more intensive treatments. Once the disease progresses far enough, it may not be possible to completely get rid of it and it may become fatal. That being said, it's very important to see a doctor if you notice any changes in existing moles or any new skin growths, since the chance for a full recovery is good if you catch 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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