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Melanoma

What is Melanoma?

A melanoma is a malignant tumor of the melanocytes, pigment producing cells. Melanocytes are primarily located in the skin but a melanoma can occur in other areas of the body due to the fact that melanocytes are also located in other regions such as the oral cavity, eye and bowel.

Melanoma, though less frequent than other forms of skin cancer, causes the majority of skin cancer-related deaths if not detected and treated in the early stages.

Who Is a Candidate for Melanoma?

Melanoma more frequently occurs in women than men. The most common site for melanoma in women is the legs and in men the back. People of Caucasian ethnicity are the most commonly affected by this disease.

Geographic studies reveal that melanomas are related to ultraviolet light exposure and skin pigmentation. This is based on the incidence rate among Caucasians living in warmer and sunnier areas such as Oceania, North America, southern Africa and Latin America.

Melanomas can also be familial in nature; however, they are genetically heterogeneous (do not necessarily occur in the same area).

Visually, in the early stages, a melanoma can look like a harmless mole. If there is either a personal or family history of skin cancer, these areas should be examined by a qualified and experienced dermatologist.

Medical consultation should be obtained when:
• An asymmetrical skin lesion is detected.
• The border of the lesion is irregular.
• The lesion is multi-colored.
• The lesion appears to be changing in appearance or enlarging.

Treatments Available

Using an appropriate sunscreen, minimizing direct ultraviolet (sun) rays and wearing sun-protective clothing when outside such as long-sleeved shirts and pants are some methods helpful in avoiding the development of melanomas.

Treatment of biopsy-proven melanomas is surgical removal with appropriate follow up and testing to detect metastasis (spread) of the melanoma. Chemotherapy may be required as well as radiation therapy.

Individuals with questionable skin lesions should contact Art of Dermatology and founder Dr. Jessica Krant located on the Upper East Side. Dr. Krant is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon well versed in dealing with skin conditions and diseases such as melanomas.

Allow Dr. Krant to examine and evaluate any lesion of concern after which she will recommend the best possible options for treatment.