Skin Cancer: Melanoma 101
A diagnosis of skin cancer can be a scary moment for anyone. But the most concerning variety of skin cancer that has the tendency to spread and cause cancer-related deaths is that of melanoma. Melanoma, while less common than other types of skin cancers, is still the leading cause of death in those who have been diagnosed with skin cancer. This cancer is dangerous as it can spread throughout the body if it is not diagnosed early enough for successful treatment in the early stages.
What is melanoma?
Melanoma is a specific type of skin cancer that develops in the melanocytes. These are cells that give the skin its color. While melanin is good for the body, because it protects the deeper layers of the skin from sun damage caused by UVA and UVB rays, melanocytes have the risk of becoming melanoma. Melanoma cancer can be any color, from white to black, and may be more noticeable and easily caught when they develop on moles of the body. Moles are often benign, but when changes occur to them, it may be an indication that melanoma cancer has developed. The best way to determine this is to have a biopsy completed during a skin cancer examination at Sanctuary Medical Center in Boca Raton, FL.
How is melanoma treated?
The treatment options for melanoma depends on the stage of the cancer, as well as on the size of the affected area. As long as the melanoma has not spread elsewhere in the body, the cancerous cells can be removed in a methodical and thorough manner through Mohs surgery, in which case the melanoma and a surrounding ring of tissue is removed.
If the melanoma has spread, we will recommend that our patients speak to an oncologist about other available treatments, such as radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy, which can mitigate the risks of the cancer spreading now or in the future.
Visit Sanctuary Medical Center for a skin cancer screening today
The providers at Sanctuary Medical Center of Boca Raton, FL are here to help patients in the community achieve beautiful, healthy skin. Patients educated on skin cancer will find that in many cases, the condition can be caught early enough for successful intervention. Call (561) 886-0970 to start scheduling annual skin cancer screenings at 4800 North Federal Highway, Suite C100. Our team accepts new patients into our state-of-the-art medical center.