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Melanoma/Skin Cancer Health Center

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. 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

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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

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

  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. Frequently Asked Questions About Skin Cancer and Melanoma

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

  9. Skin Cancer

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

  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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