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What is Melanoma?
Skin cancer is on the rise. Each year there are more than one million cases diagnosed in the United States alone.
There are different types of skin cancer. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the two most common forms of skin cancer. They’re both easily treated if they’re detected early.
Some types of skin cancer aren’t as easily treated and they’re growing in numbers each year too. According to the American Cancer Society there were about 120,000 new cases of melanoma diagnosed in the United States last year. It’s not the most common type of skin cancer but it is the most deadly. It kills almost 9,000 people in the United States annually.
Skin cancer forms when UV light from the sunshine or from tanning beds injures DNA in the skin cells. Occasionally, the damage is enough that the body cannot repair it and the cells do not naturally die off.
When this happens the new DNA can cause the skin cells to rapidly multiply. This is cancer and the growth of new skin cells is referred to as a tumor. In the case of malignant tumors, the cancerous cells begin to invade other tissues and the tumor spreads.
Cancers are named after the area where the DNA is damaged and the cancer originates. In the case of melanoma, the cancer begins in the pigment-producing melanocytes in the basal layer of the skin. The basal layer is the very innermost layer of tissue in your skin.
What Does a Melanoma Look Like?
Melanomas look like moles and in fact many develop from moles that are already existing on your skin. They’re usually brown or black but they can be many colors including purple and white. While they normally appear on the parts of the body that are exposed to sunlight like the face, back, arms and hands, they can show up in unusual places like under your fingernails.
They’re usually caused by sunburn, although some people are more susceptible to melanomas and skin cancer in general. The good news is that when melanoma is caught early, it’s almost always treatable. If it’s not caught or treatment is ineffective, it can spread or metastasize to other areas of the body.
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This report is designed to empower you to not only better understand melanoma but also to be able to recognize it, prevent it, and understand the treatments, risks, and survival statistics. Let’s begin by talking about the four different types of melanoma.Other Details
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