melanoma

What is Melanoma?


Call your health care provider if you notice any symptoms of melanoma, particularly the following:If any existing skin growth changes in color, size, or texture; If an existing lesion develops pain, swelling, bleeding, or itching

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Also known as Malignant Melanoma, Melanomas, Malignant Melanomas
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Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Often the first sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape, color or feel of a mole. Most melanomas have a black or black-blue area. Melanoma may also appear as a new mole. It may be black, abnormal or "ugly looking." Thinking of "ABCD" can help you remember what to watch for:

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Melanoma Home Page - National Cancer Institute

Information about melanoma treatment, prevention, causes, screening, clinical trials, research, and other topics from the National Cancer Institute.

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Melanoma | Conditions & Treatments | UCSF Medical Center

Oct 29, 2010 ... Melanoma is cancer that arises from the pigment-producing cells in the uppermost layer of the skin. These cells are called melanocytes. ...

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Melanoma

Aug 1, 2010 ... Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma Online Medical Reference - from diagnosis through treatment options. Co-authored by Rebecca Tung, ...

Melanoma: A Kind of Skin Cancer -- familydoctor.org

Apr 1, 2001 ... Learn how to identify and prevent melanoma, a type of skin cancer.

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Melanoma — Treatment Options at Mayo Clinic

Melanoma Learn about melanoma treatment options at Mayo Clinic.

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Melanoma

Melanoma is different from other skin cancers because it can spread if it's not caught early. Find out how to lower your risk of getting melanoma and how ...

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Malignant Melanoma: eMedicine Dermatology

Aug 30, 2010 ... Overview: Melanoma is a malignancy of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) located predominantly in the skin, but also found in the eyes, ...

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Melanoma - MD Anderson Cancer Center

Learn about melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Read how to protect yourself or receive treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Causes
Melanoma can appear on normal skin, or it may begin as a mole or other area that has changed in appearance. Some moles that are present at birth may develop into melanomas.

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Exams and Tests
If you notice any suspicious skin markings, see your health care provider as soon as possible.

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Outlook (Prognosis)
Treatment success depends on many factors, including the patient's general health and whether the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or other organs.

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Possible Complications
Complications of melanoma include the following:Damage to deep tissue; Side effects of treatment Fatigue; Hair loss; Nausea; Pain; Spread to other organs

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Prevention
Anyone who has recovered from melanoma should carefully follow preventive guidelines and watch closely for suspicious marks. Your risk for developing a new melanoma is increased, even if the first one was cured. The disease may return years after the original diagnosis.

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Risk factors
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Support Groups
For additional resources, see cancer support group.

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Symptoms
The primary symptom of any skin cancer is usually a mole, sore, lump, or growth on the skin. Any change in appearance of a pigmented skin sore over time is a warning sign. Also, watch for any bleeding from a skin growth.

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Tests and diagnosis
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Treatments and drugs
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