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    Medical Reference Related to Melanoma Skin Cancer

    1. 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.

    2. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - What Happens

      Nonmelanoma skin cancer usually develops slowly, invading and destroying nearby tissues. It may take months or years for basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas to develop. Because of this slow growth, skin cancer can often be detected and treated early in

    3. Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer with Occult Primary Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - 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.

    4. Exams and Tests

      A physical exam of skin is used to evaluate the skin for melanoma. If melanoma is suspected, a skin biopsy will be done. For this, your health professional will remove a sample of skin tissue and send it to a pathologist to be examined under a microscope.

    5. Melanoma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - 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. The Sun and Skin Cancer

      Spending too much time in the sun gives you wrinkles and makes you more likely to get skin cancer.

    7. Basal Cell Carcinoma

      Learn more from WebMD about basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, including its causes, symptoms, treatments, and prevention techniques.

    8. Skin Cancer

      Skin cancer is the most common of all human cancers. WebMD explains the different types, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

    9. Frequently Asked Questions About Skin Cancer and Melanoma

      WebMD experts answer frequently asked questions about skin cancer, especially melanoma.

    10. Squamous Cell Carcinoma

      Squamous Cell Carcinoma, SCC, is the second most common type of skin cancer. Its cells live in the outer layer of the skin.

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