This is a new blog dedicated to educating people on Melanoma and how to prevent it. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. It begins in the melanocytes, which are the cells that produce the pigment melanin. Melanin gives color to your skin, hair, and eyes.
Melanoma can occur anywhere on your body. It is most likely to develop in areas that have had exposure to the sun, such as your back, legs, arms, and face.
The majority of melanomas are found on the skin; however, they may rarely occur in the eye (uveal melanoma), mouth, intestines or other areas of the body with pigmented tissues.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. In this blog, we’ll cover everything you need to know about melanoma, its symptoms and how you can prevent it.
What is Melanoma?
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that occurs when damaged skin cells develop into malignant tumors. These tumors are usually black or brown, though they can sometimes be skin-colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white. Melanomas mainly develop in areas of your body that have been overexposed to the sun, such as your legs and back. However, melanomas can also occur in areas that don’t receive much sun exposure at all — such as soles of feet, palms of hands and fingernail beds. The most common cause for melanoma is ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds.
Melanoma is an extremely serious type of skin cancer. It is a skin cancer that can spread to other areas of the body, including lymph nodes. While melanoma accounts for less than five percent of all skin cancers, it causes more than 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths. Listed below are some preventative measures you can take to significantly reduce your risk of developing melanoma:
* Limit your time in the sun. This means avoiding direct sunlight during the peak hours between 10am and 4pm. If you must be outside during these hours, be sure to use sunscreen with a high SPF rating and wear protective clothing such as long sleeve shirts, pants and a wide-brimmed hat.
* Use sunscreen lotion with a high SPF rating on all exposed areas of skin whenever you go outside or spend time in the sun. Sunscreen should not only be applied when going to the beach or pool; it should also be used on cloudy days and even when driving in the car if your arm is hanging out the window.
* Avoid sunlamps and tanning booths. The light from tanning beds and sunlamps is just as damaging as natural sunlight, if not more so.
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can be fatal if not detected early enough.
There are many different types of skin cancer, but melanoma is one of the most serious.
Melanoma is caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. It develops in melanocytes, which are the cells that produce pigment and give your skin its color. In most cases, melanoma starts in an existing mole.
Although there are many ways to treat melanoma, the best way to fight this disease is to prevent it from developing in the first place.
The best way to prevent melanoma is to avoid overexposure to UV radiation from the sun and tanning beds. Overexposure to UV light can damage your skin and put you at risk for developing melanoma as well as other types of skin cancer.
The following tips will help you protect yourself against melanoma:
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 90,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the United States this year.
It is important to be aware of your skin and to perform a monthly check of your skin looking for any suspicious moles or lumps. Melanoma can start as a spot on the skin that looks like a mole. This often leads to a melanoma diagnosis.
You can prevent melanoma by using sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher every time you go outside. High SPF sunscreens are especially beneficial for people who have fair skin or have many moles on their body. You should also wear hats and sunglasses whenever you are outside.
If you discover a suspicious mole or lump it is important that you see a doctor right away so they can run tests and provide treatment if necessary.
Melanoma is a serious form of cancer, but it can be prevented. Melanoma occurs in the cells that produce melanin, or the pigment that colors our skin, hair and eyes. There are many different types of skin cancer but melanoma is one of the most dangerous forms because it often spreads to other parts of the body.
Melanoma is the leading cause of death from skin disease. About 10,000 Americans die from melanoma each year. According to the American Cancer Society, one person dies every hour from melanoma. It is estimated that there will be more than 76,000 new cases diagnosed this year in America alone.
If you have risk factors for developing melanoma and you find a suspicious spot on your skin you should see your doctor as soon as possible. Other health care professionals such as nurses and physician assistants can also check your moles for signs of melanoma. You will be asked about your medical history and how long you have had the mole or lesion. You will also be asked about any symptoms you might be having such as pain or itching. Your doctor may take pictures of your skin for comparison later on if necessary.*
Melanoma is cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocytes are special skin cells that produce melanin, which is the pigment that gives your skin, hair and eyes their colour.
Melanoma can develop in areas of the skin that have been exposed to the sun (such as the head and neck) but also in areas that have not been exposed to the sun (such as under fingernails).
Melanoma can also develop on different parts of the body such as:
The trunk (chest and back)
In men – the legs
In women – the legs and lower abdomen
In both sexes – genital areas
It is very rare for melanoma to spread from one part of the body to another.
If you have a mole that changes in size, shape or colour, see your doctor immediately.