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Melanoma: Definition, Treatment, and Prevention

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Melanoma is an uncommon type of skin cancer that can occur from overexposure to the sun or even tanning beds. This is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, but if caught quickly enough, it is almost always curable. Find out how to determine if you have melanoma, how to treat it, and how to prevent it from coming back. 

What Does Melanoma Look Like?

Melanoma typically looks like a mole on the skin. It is usually dark brown or even black in color, but there have been reports of the moles having flesh colored, pink, or even purple. These moles are actually malignant tumors that have been able to form over damaged skin from the sun. It is imperative that you do not try and remove the tumor yourself because they may allow to spread to even more parts of your body. If you see a mole on your skin that you do not recognize, it is advised that you see a doctor.

Melanoma Treatment

If you have melanoma, then the doctor should discuss with you the type of treatment options that should be available to you, depending on the progress of the tumor. Some of these treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. Early stages of melanoma can usually be treated simply by undergoing surgery to remove the tumor. After surgery, you will need to follow up with your doctor to make absolutely certain that the melanoma is gone. Medication alone will not eradicate melanoma. 

Melanoma Prevention

One way to prevent melanoma is to keep your skin covered when you are out in the sun. Wear hats and long sleeve shirts to keep the sun's UV rays away from your skin. The clothes do not necessarily need to be thick, they just need to cover exposed areas where the sun can get to your skin. If pants or other clothes are not an option, be sure to apply a high SPF sunscreen every hour at least. It is also advised that you do not go to tanning beds often, but it would be even better if you do not go at all. 

However, should melanoma return, you would need to make sure you know your body. Check on yourself every now and again to make sure there are no suspicious looking moles, and if there are, go to a doctor to start sun damage repair. It is much better to be safe than sorry. 


7 January 2015