Early melanoma detection – saves your life

When we think about melanoma prevention, the first thing on our mind is: SPF creams, covering up, not burning, avoiding tanning beds, etc.

But did you know that detection of an atypical mole is considered one of the most important steps in preventing melanoma?

Detecting melanoma in an early stage could mean the difference between life and a life-threatening disease.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and also one of the most aggressive of all cancers.
Fortunately, it rarely develops without a warning, and the number of fatalities caused by melanoma could be greatly reduced if people were aware of the early signs and took time to examine their skin.

Melanoma can occur anywhere on the skin. Therefore, it is necessary to exam all skin lesions, “from head to toe”. Try to catch an unusual mole or moles with signs of change (rapid growth, shape or colors).

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Early detection of melanoma treatment is extremely simple.

It is necessary to do excisional biopsy. This fairly minor surgery will cure most early melanomas.

After the surgery you should expect only to have to do the regular monitoring of the skin. You will be advised to perform monthly skin self-examination using a tool called ABCDE clinical signs. Your doctor, will also perform an annual Total Body Skin Examination.

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