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8060 Market Street, Youngstown, OH 44512
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Skin Cancer - Melanoma

What is a melanoma?

A malignant melanoma is a deadly skin cancer arising from the pigment-producing cells of the skin. It accounts for only 4% of all skin cancers, but is by far the most dangerous. Malignant melanomas are responsible for more than 80% of all skin-cancer related deaths.

Realize the risk. Click here for more melanoma statistics and information about risk factors.

One in every 71 Americans has a lifetime risk of developing a melanoma. The only effective treatment is early detection and prompt surgical removal. Don't become a statistic - take a good look at your skin. Have someone check the areas you can not see. Think you might have a melanoma? Here are a few basic characteristics to consider:

The ABC's of Melanomas:

A - "Asymmetric" spot, not round.
B - "Borders" are irregular.
C - "Color" is variable.
D - "Diameter" is bigger than a pencil eraser.

Melanomas also tend to be changing and bleed easily. If you think you have a skin lesion that fits the criteria above, it might be time to schedule an appointment. Don't wait any longer! Melanomas will not simply "disappear". In some cases, a process called regression may make a melanoma appear lighter or cause parts of it to fade, but this does not reduce your danger, it just makes the melanoma harder to diagnose. They should be professionally treated as soon as possible. Click here for information about visiting our offices or find a dermatologist in your area.

More pictures of melanomas:

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Skin Cancer Resources:

Skin Cancer Overview

Malignant Melanomas
Amelanotic Melanomas
Regression of Melanomas
Basal Cell Carcinomas
Squamous Cell Carcinomas

MelaFind® Melanoma Detection

Are you at Risk?

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is also our body's first line of defense. There are numerous factors which may increase your risk of skin cancer:

  • Genetics: The fair complexioned are at the greatest risk. Your risk is also increased if your parents, children, or siblings have had skin cancer.

  • Sun Exposure: Over the course of a lifetime, exposure to the sun can lead to a higher risk of skin cancer. Tanning beds and other "false sunlight" are no exception.

  • Immunosuppression: Immunosuppression therapy following organ transplants, chemotherapy, AIDS, and other treatments can put you at a significant risk for skin cancer.

  • Lifespan: Human life expectancy has increased from forty-two years in 1904 to close to eighty years today. As a result, the number of skin cancers being seen around the world is increasing.

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