Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer and usually appears as a dark brown, black or multi-colored growth with irregular borders. Melanoma can also appear pink, tan or even white and may crust and bleed.
Melanoma may affect anyone, at any age, and can occur anywhere on the body. People who have fair skin, light hair and eyes and/or a family history of melanoma are at an increased risk of developing Melanoma. Melanoma can arise in or near a preexisting mole or may appear without warning. Melanoma may spread to other organs and may become life-threatening if not detected early.
Warning Signs of Melanoma Include:
- Changes in the surface of a mole.
- Scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or the appearance of a new bump.
- Spread of pigment from the border of a mole into surrounding skin.
- Change in sensation including itchiness, tenderness, or pain.
If you notice a mole that looks suspicious or would like a skin cancer screening, please contact us at Dermatology and Mohs Surgery Center today.