Skin Cancer

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About Skin Cancer

About Skin Cancer/Melanoma

Melanoma develops when normal pigment-producing skin cells called melanocytes become abnormal, grow uncontrollably, and invade surrounding tissues. Usually only one melanoma develops at a time. Although melanomas can begin in an existing mole or other skin growth, most start in unmarked skin. Melanoma is not as common as other types of skin cancer, but it is the most serious and only affects the skin but can spread to other organs and bones. As with other cancers, treatment for melanoma works best when the cancer is found early.

Causes melanoma

One of the most common causes of melanoma is too much sun exposure which causes normal skin cells to become abnormal. These abnormal cells quickly grow out of control and attack the tissues around them.

Melanoma tends to run in families. Other risk factors include abnormal, or atypical, moles. Atypical moles may fade into the skin and have a flat part that is level with the skin. They may be smooth or slightly scaly, or they may look rough and "pebbly." Having many atypical moles increases the risk of melanoma.

Causes of skin cancer

 

Melanoma is classified as primary or metastatic.

Primary melanoma

Primary melanoma usually follows a predictable pattern of growth through the skin layers. Early detection and surgery to remove the melanoma cure most cases of primary melanoma. If not treated, most melanomas spread to other parts of the body over time. Melanomas rarely go away without treatment. Prognosis, with primary melanoma depends on:

Metastatic melanoma

Metastatic melanoma can spread through the lymph system to nearby skin, lymph nodes, or through the bloodstream to other organs such as the brain or the liver. Metastatic melanoma usually cannot be cured.

The estimated 5-year survival rate for melanoma is: