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    Medical Reference Related to Melanoma Skin Cancer

    1. 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

    2. Treatment Overview

      Surgical removal (excision) of the affected skin is the most effective treatment for melanoma. Excision involves removing the entire melanoma along with a border (margin) of normal - appearing skin.

    3. 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.

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

      Skin cancer can be cured if found and treated early.Your doctor may check your skin once a year during your annual exam. Or your doctor may suggest a skin exam more often, especially if you have: Familial atypical mole and melanoma (FAM-M) syndrome. This is an inherited tendency to develop melanoma. Examine your skin every month and be examined by a doctor every 4 to 6 months, preferably by the same doctor each time.Increased occupational or recreational exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.Abnormal moles called atypical moles (dysplastic nevi). These moles are not cancerous, but their presence is a warning of an inherited tendency to develop melanoma.After reviewing evidence from studies, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has not recommended for or against routine skin cancer screening for adults at normal risk.1Get to know your skinSkin self-exam is a good way to detect early skin changes that may mean melanoma. Look for any abnormal skin growth or any change in the

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

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

    6. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - 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 asp rotecting your skin from ultraviolet radiation and skin cancer.

    7. Lymph Node Removal (Lymphadenectomy) for Melanoma

      Lymphadenectomy is surgery to remove cancerous lymph nodes.

    8. 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.

    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. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - Cause

      Nonmelanoma skin cancer is usually caused by overexposure to the sun and its ultraviolet (UV) rays.

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