Melanoma skin cancer initially develops on the skin; however, this type of skin cancer can spread to other organs of the body and can become life threatening. Melanoma, more specifically, develops from abnormal moles. This medical condition can occur in either previously existing moles or with the appearance of new moles forming on the skin.
If you spend a lot of time in the sun, are pale skinned, have freckles or light hair, you run a higher risk of developing melanoma skin cancer. With that in mind, it is important to recognize the signs of melanoma. The earlier this type of skin cancer is diagnosed, the more likely it is that treatment or surgery will be successful. Dr. Kayal of Kayal Dermatology is an accomplished Mohs certified surgeon. If you live in the Atlanta area and suspect you have melanoma, contact us to arrange an appointment.
Causes and Warning Signs of Melanoma?
Melanoma cancer is usually likely linked to prolonged exposure to UV light. However, some people have a predisposition to developing melanoma. Those who have light skin, freckles or moles develop melanoma cancer at a higher rate. People who have a family history of melanoma are also more likely to develop this type of cancer, which means there is a hereditary factor, too. You should always have new moles checked as a matter of urgency. Recognizing the symptoms of melanoma could save your life. The following symptoms in a mole require immediate investigation:
- The mole has grown or changed shape
- The color of the mole has changed – darkening in certain areas or becoming multicolored
- One or both halves of the mole change in such a way that symmetry is lost
- Pain, itching, or inflammation
- The mole begins bleeding or becomes crusty
Treatment is most effective when melanoma is detected early. Dr. Kayal and the team at Kayal Dermatology understand your fears and concerns. We will provide you with all the information and care that you need. Contact our office today to find out what we can offer you in terms of diagnosis and treatment.