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Medical Reference Related to Melanoma Skin Cancer

  1. 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.

  2. Surgical Excision of Melanoma

    Surgery to remove (excise) a melanoma removes the entire melanoma along with a border (margin) of normal - appearing skin. The width of the border of normal skin removed depends on the depth of the melanoma.

  3. Cause

    The most common causes of melanoma are: Exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and exposure at high altitudes. Damage to the DNA of melanocytes from exposure to the sun and its UV light radiation is the single most

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

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

  5. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - Medications

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

  6. 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.

  7. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - What Increases Your Risk

    Risk factors for nonmelanoma skin cancer include: having a skin type that sunburns easily, a history of severe sunburn, and a family history of skin cancer or a personal history of skin cancer.

  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 - 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 ..

  10. 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

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