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    1. Melanoma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Topic Overview

      Moles may change over time. They may get bigger, grow a hair, become more raised, get lighter in color, or fade away. Many people develop new moles until about age 40. But some changes in moles or skin growths are caused by skin cancer.Early detection and treatment of skin cancer can prevent complications. Melanoma, a serious type of skin cancer, often begins as a change in a mole or other skin growth. These early signs are described in the ABCDE system: Asymmetry. One half doesn't match the other half.Border irregularity. The edges are ragged, notched, or blurred.Color. The color isn't uniform. Shades of tan, brown, and black are present. Dashes of red, white, and blue make the mole look blotchy.Diameter. The mole is larger than 6 mm (0.2 in.) across (about the size of a pencil eraser). Any growth of a mole should be of concern.Evolution. There is a change in the size, shape, symptoms (such as itching or tenderness), surface (especially bleeding), or color.Early detection of skin

    2. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - Skin Cancer: Protecting Your Skin

      Excessive exposure to the sun and its ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin cancer. You can reduce your risk for skin cancer by: Protecting your skin, and that of your family members, from UV radiation.Performing frequent skin self - examinations.Finding out whether you have an increased risk of developing melanoma and other skin cancers. What do I need to know about ultraviolet radiation and my ..

    3. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - Prevention

      Most nonmelanoma skin cancer can be prevented by protecting your skin from the sun and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Limit your exposure to the sun, especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (hours of peak ultraviolet exposure).

    4. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - Medications

      Medications are rarely used to treat nonmelanoma skin cancer. Surgery is the most common treatment.

    5. Skin Cancer Prevention (PDQ®): Prevention - Patient Information [NCI] - Topic Overview

      When melanoma spreads (metastasizes),it usually spreads first into nearby lymph nodes. It can also spread through the bloodstream. Distant metastases of melanoma typically are found in the skin,liver,lungs,bone,and brain. If the primary melanoma is on a leg or arm,metastases usually are first found higher up on that leg or arm. Unusual sites for metastases include the eye. Most deaths ...

    6. Skin Cancer, Melanoma - When To Call a Doctor

      The most important warning sign for melanoma is a change in size, shape, or color of a mole or other skin growth (such as a birthmark).

    7. Home Treatment

      Home treatment after removal of a melanoma includes protecting your skin from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays and regularly checking your skin for suspicious skin changes.

    8. What Increases Your Risk

      Risk factors for melanoma include: History of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Sun exposure is the single most important risk factor for melanoma. History of sunburns, previous melanoma or other skin cancer, and family history of melanoma are also

    9. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - When To Call a Doctor

      Call your health professional if you have an irritated or irregular skin growth.

    10. Cancer: Controlling Nausea and Vomiting From Chemotherapy

      Of all the side effects of chemotherapy, nausea and vomiting are the most common and are among the most feared. But having chemotherapy does not mean that you have to suffer with nausea and vomiting. Key pointsNausea and vomiting can be controlled and even prevented. The best treatment plan is one set up by you and your health care team, based on your particular needs and feelings. You are the ...

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