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Medical Reference Related to Melanoma Skin Cancer

  1. Skin Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - General Information About Skin Cancer

    Skin cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ. It protects against heat,sunlight,injury,and infection. Skin also helps control body temperature and stores water,fat,and vitamin D. The skin has several layers,but the two main layers are the epidermis (upper or outer layer) and the dermis (lower or inner ...

  2. Melanoma/Skin Cancer Clinical Trials

    WebMD offers help for finding clinical trials for those with melanoma or other types of skin cancer.

  3. Radiation Treatment for Cancer

    Radiation therapy uses high doses of radiation to destroy or shrink advanced or metastatic melanoma with little harm to nearby healthy tissue. Radiation damages the genetic material of cancer cells, stopping their growth. Treatment is usually done several times a week for up to 6 weeks. ...

  4. Understanding Skin Cancer -- Prevention

    From symptoms to treatment to prevention, get the basics on skin cancer from the experts at WebMD.

  5. Understanding Skin Cancer -- the Basics

    From symptoms to treatment to prevention, get the basics on skin cancer from the experts at WebMD.

  6. Understanding Skin Cancer -- Symptoms

    From symptoms to treatment to prevention, get the basics on skin cancer from the experts at WebMD.

  7. Understanding Skin Cancer -- Diagnosis and Treatment

    From symptoms to treatment to prevention, get the basics on skin cancer from the experts at WebMD.

  8. 10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Melanoma

    If you've just been diagnosed with melanoma, you have questions. WebMD experts provide 10 questions you might want to ask your doctor.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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