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Medical Reference Related to Melanoma Skin Cancer

  1. 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 ..

  2. Skin Cancer, Melanoma - Symptoms

    Early signs: 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. Watch for changes that occur over a period of 1 month to 1 or 2 years.

  3. Medications

    Interferon given before or after surgery is standard treatment for melanoma that has spread to the lymph nodes. The use of interferon may increase the survival rate of some people with stage III melanoma. Melanoma that has spread to distant sites is rarel

  4. Skin Cancer, Melanoma - Prevention

    The primary risk factor for developing melanoma is excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Some experts believe that 65% or more of melanoma is caused by exposure to the sun, especially during childhood.

  5. Skin Cancer, Melanoma - Topic Overview

    What is melanoma? Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that starts in the pigment - producing skin cells called melanocytes. These cells become abnormal, grow uncontrollably, and aggressively invade surrounding tissues.

  6. Other Treatment

    Radiation therapy may be used to treat advanced or metastatic melanoma. Radiation therapy uses high doses of radiation to destroy or shrink melanoma with little harm to nearby healthy tissue.

  7. Surgery

    Complete surgical removal (excision) is the most successful and the most common treatment for melanoma. The lymph nodes may also need to be removed (lymphadenectomy) in stages II and III melanoma.

  8. Metastatic Melanoma - 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 ...

  9. What Happens

    Melanoma develops when normal pigment - producing skin cells called melanocytes become abnormal, grow uncontrollably, and invade surrounding tissues. Usually only one melanoma develops at a time. Although melanomas can begin in an existing mole or other s

  10. Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition such as skin cancer-melanoma.

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