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What is melanoma skin cancer?

17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Aggressive cancer

Melanoma develops from melanocytes cells of the lower layers in the skin.
These cells produce pigments and the color of skin. When they form into cancer it can grow radially and deeply which can be dangerous as it can subsequently spread to other areas of the body. There are genetic predispositions as well as ultraviolet radiation exposure and sunburns are risk factors.

In brief: Aggressive cancer

Melanoma develops from melanocytes cells of the lower layers in the skin.
These cells produce pigments and the color of skin. When they form into cancer it can grow radially and deeply which can be dangerous as it can subsequently spread to other areas of the body. There are genetic predispositions as well as ultraviolet radiation exposure and sunburns are risk factors.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
A wide resection surgery needed to cure melanoma in the skin- plus minus evaluation to the lymph nodes if indicated. If melanoma has spread , treatment would systemic therapy such as ipilimumab . Other chemotherapies have been used however without survival. advantage.
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: An aggressive cancer

Melanoma skin cancer arises from the pigment cells in the skin.
The larges risk factor is sun exposure. It is scary because even a small primary tumor sometimes metastasizes and becomes deadly. Read about the abcd's of melanoma detection at www.Melanomafoundation.Org.

In brief: An aggressive cancer

Melanoma skin cancer arises from the pigment cells in the skin.
The larges risk factor is sun exposure. It is scary because even a small primary tumor sometimes metastasizes and becomes deadly. Read about the abcd's of melanoma detection at www.Melanomafoundation.Org.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Neeraja Mattay
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Malignancy

In the epidermis, or top layer of skin, are squamous cells, basal cells, and melanocytes.
Melanocytes are the cells that give skin color with UV exposure. Melanoma tumors will most often resemble a mole, but may have certain characteristics. Approximately 10,000 melanoma deaths occur annually. However, the prognosis with early treatment is typically very good. Learn more at http://dermdocs.com/

In brief: Malignancy

In the epidermis, or top layer of skin, are squamous cells, basal cells, and melanocytes.
Melanocytes are the cells that give skin color with UV exposure. Melanoma tumors will most often resemble a mole, but may have certain characteristics. Approximately 10,000 melanoma deaths occur annually. However, the prognosis with early treatment is typically very good. Learn more at http://dermdocs.com/
Dr. Neeraja Mattay
Dr. Neeraja Mattay
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Skin Cancer

Melanoma is a potentially dangerous type of skin cancer.
It is diagnosed less frequently than other types of skin cancer (nonmelanoma skin cancer), but has the ability to spread very quickly. Melanoma most often begins on the skin but can develop on the other parts of the body, such as under fingernails, toenails and the eyeball.

In brief: Skin Cancer

Melanoma is a potentially dangerous type of skin cancer.
It is diagnosed less frequently than other types of skin cancer (nonmelanoma skin cancer), but has the ability to spread very quickly. Melanoma most often begins on the skin but can develop on the other parts of the body, such as under fingernails, toenails and the eyeball.
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Multiple risks

The most important risk factor is exposure to uv sun radiation, especially as a child and young adult.
Then, over time, we all naturally start accumulating genetic mutations. Some of these mutations will culminate in the development of melanoma skin cancer. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure, don't use tanning beds, and use sunscreen spf 50 or greater to reduce your risk.

In brief: Multiple risks

The most important risk factor is exposure to uv sun radiation, especially as a child and young adult.
Then, over time, we all naturally start accumulating genetic mutations. Some of these mutations will culminate in the development of melanoma skin cancer. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure, don't use tanning beds, and use sunscreen spf 50 or greater to reduce your risk.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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