Most melanomas (~70%) do not arise within a pre-existing mole. It cannot be over-emphasized that melanomas vary considerably in appearance- no single color or change is diagnostic. Therefore, it is very important that for melanoma treatment you are under the regular care of a board-certified dermatologist. Melanoma is potentially curable with early detection and treatment. Late diagnosis carries a poor prognosis.
Melanoma is a deadly skin cancer that evolves from pigment-producing cells in the skin. It can occur at any age, although melanoma in kids is very rare. Risks factors include:
- Fair skin
- Presence of atypical nevi in both sun-exposed and sun-protected areas
- Personal history of melanoma
- Family history of atypical moles or melanoma
- History of blistering sunburns
The most common early signs include an increase in size, change in shape or color. The following well-known guidelines are helpful in deciding which lesions are suspicious for malignant change.
The ABCDs of Malignant Melanoma Recognition
Diameter > 6mm
Call us at 630-596-8045 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today. Dr. Basko and her team take pride in providing patients melanoma treatment with a thorough skin exam and removing any suspicious moles or growth that may put your life in danger.