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Melanoma

Malignant Melanoma is a very dangerous type of skin cancer because it can spread quickly to other parts of the body where it becomes hard to treat. It is the leading cause of death from skin cancer and it is estimated that over 10,000 people die from it every year. Melanoma comes from skin cells called melanocytes. These cells create the pigment that gives skin its color.  Melanoma can look like a mole or brown spot, but it can also appear as a pink, white or skin colored bump.

Recognizing the early warning signs of melanoma can aid in the detection of cancerous change before the cancer has spread.

Melanoma Warning Signs: The ABCDE’s

A: Asymmetry. Melanomas are often irregular, or asymmetrical, in shape. For example, if you cover on half of the mole it will look different that if you cover the other half. Benign moles are usually symmetrical.

B: Borders. Melanoma lesions may have irregular, ill defined borders. Non-cancerous moles have smooth, even borders.

C: Color. The presence of more than one color (brown, blue, black, tan, white) within a mole or the uneven distribution of color can sometimes be a warning sign of melanoma. Benign moles are usually a single color.

D: Diameter. Although melanomas can be very small, any mole that is greater than 6 millimeters in diameter (approximately the size of a pencil eraser) should be evaluated by a dermatologist.

E: Evolving. A changing or evolving mole should be evaluated right away.  Evolution is considered to be the most important factor when it comes to diagnosing a melanoma. Knowing your body and what is normal for YOU, and paying attention to changes in your moles can save your life.

Early diagnosis and treatment of melanoma can significantly increase the odds of curing it. The dermatologists at Teton Dermatology have advanced training in melanoma screening, diagnosis and treatment.

Call Teton Dermatology at 307-734-1800 to schedule an appointment to evaluate your risk factor and screen for skin cancer.   

Call Teton Dermatology at 307-734-1800 to schedule an appointment to evaluate your risk factor and screen for skin cancer.