Take Control of your Skin Health and Stay One Step Ahead of Melanoma
Melanoma is a form of skin cancer which originates from melanocytes, the cells responsible for producing skin pigment. While melanoma can appear anywhere on your body, it often manifests on sun-exposed areas like your face, neck, arms, and legs. This is why it is recommended to avoid excessive exposure to UV radiation from sunlight or tanning beds. Don’t take any chances when it comes to melanoma – early detection is key. Keep an eye out for changes in the size, shape, or color of existing moles, the sudden appearance of new moles, or any unusual growths on your skin. At Dermatology Solutions, we understand that melanoma can be scary! Our team of dedicated and well-educated dermatologists will provide you with the very best care and give you the attention and compassion you deserve.
Symptoms of Melanoma
If you suspect melanoma, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms. In its early stages, melanoma may not show any noticeable signs, but as it progresses, it can manifest in different ways. Here are some common symptoms to watch out for:
Changes in Moles:
Keep an eye on any changes in the size, shape, color, or texture of your existing moles. This includes moles that grow larger, develop irregular borders, or change in color, especially if they darken.
New Moles or Growths:
Pay attention to the appearance of new moles or growths on your skin, especially if they look different from your other moles.
Pain or Itching:
Some melanomas may cause discomfort, pain, or itching in the affected area.
Bleeding or Oozing:
Melanomas can sometimes bleed or ooze fluid if they get irritated or injured.
Advanced melanomas may develop ulcers or sores that don’t heal.
Spread to Nearby Lymph Nodes:
In later stages, melanoma may spread to nearby lymph nodes, causing swelling or lumps in the affected area.
Did you know…
Melanoma is the most common and most aggressive forms of skin cancer?
Risk Factors of Melanoma
If melanoma is detected and treated in its early stages, it is usually curable. However, if left untreated, it can rapidly spread throughout the body, making it more difficult to treat and potentially fatal. While exposure to UV rays is commonly associated with melanoma, it is not the sole cause. There are other factors that can contribute to an increased risk of developing melanoma. These factors include the following:
- Having a family history of melanoma
- A history of sunburn
- Numerous atypical moles
- Weakened immune system
- Having sensitive skin
Treatment Options for Melanoma
Melanoma treatment depends on various factors, including the location, thickness, and progression of the cancer, as well as the patient’s age, health, medical history, and personal preferences. To assess the extent of the cancer, a biopsy is commonly performed. Treatment options for melanoma vary according to the cancer stage and may involve surgical removal of the tumor, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, or radiation therapy. Remember, prevention is as crucial as detection. Safeguard your skin from harmful UV radiation by diligently applying sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and minimizing sun exposure, especially during peak sunlight hours.
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Our staff consists of highly trained, Board Certified and Experienced Doctors, Nurses and Physician Assistants. Our clinical staff are experts in Skin Cancer Prevention, Detection and Treatment
We are committed to providing you with exceptional care for all of your individual needs and unique skin type.
To treat our patients with the best possible care, we design our practice for hospitality and functionality. We are on Metro Pkwy between Daniels & Six Mile Cypress near Gulf Coast Hospital.
Although we live and work in paradise, the year round sunshine can increase your risk of skin cancer. We pride ourselves in educating, supporting and assisting the communities we operate within.
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Our doctors & clinical staff are experts in the caring for the largest organ of the body. We provide services to children, teens, young adults and seniors allowing us to be a lifetime partner in your skin health. Our team can help you take care of your skin and help you find the treatment method that’s best for you!
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