Because of its susceptibility to spread to other areas of the body, melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. The melanocyte cell from which this cancer arises gives it its name. Treatments can result in a very low probability of relapse or metastasis if detected early. The stage of melanoma treatment is determined by the cancer’s progression. Surgical excisions or Mohs surgery can be useful in eliminating cells from the skin in the early stages. Your doctor may propose lymph node surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy at a later time.

Common signs of Melanoma include:

  • A new mole or dark lesion on the skin that has varying shape or color
  • Fingernails with brown or black streaks
  • A mole that begins to itch, bleed, or change color


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