Although melanoma is one of the least common forms of skin cancer, it is the most serious because the cancer can spread to other parts of your body. You should always check your face and body for any unusual moles or freckles because early detection of melanoma leads to improved outcomes.
PROTECTING, DETECTING & TREATING
The primary cause for melanoma skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet radiation, or sunlight, which we are all exposed to every day. More than 500,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year, and they span the range of races, cultures, and national origin. Melanoma is the most aggressive and deadly form of skin cancer, but can be very successfully treated when caught early. For that reason, our practice places high priority on education, prevention, and early detection through regular skin cancer screenings with a board certified dermatologist.
A common rule of thumb to remember to help you detect early signs of melanoma known as the “ABCDE” method:
- Border: the edges are irregular
- Color: uneven tone
- Diameter: an increase in size
- Evolving: dramatic changes
Melanomas can have black or blue-black centers, and are abnormal or unsightly in appearance. Often resembling a mole, they can change in size, shape, color, or even feel. Melanoma can be found on any part of the body but 80 percent appear on the face, head or neck area, which can allow the cancer to spread quickly to vital organs and structures. Melanoma that has metastasized is much more serious and has lower cure rates.
Melanoma is most commonly treated by excising the lesion and surrounding tissue. Given the nature of these surgeries, and the cosmetic concerns of the most commonly affected areas (neck, face, scalp), it is important to choose a surgeon with expertise in surgical excision, and reconstructive and cosmetic closures.
The price of melanoma treatment varies for each person depending on the extent of treatment necessary. Booth Dermatology & Cosmetic Care Center of Indianapolis and Carmel accepts CareCredit® financing options that work with every budget! Please speak to our concierge team for more information.
Dr. Sally A. Booth and her staff will be happy to discuss the details with you. Please feel free to call for a private consultation at one of our offices in Carmel or Indianapolis. Dr. Booth and his staff at Booth Dermatology & Cosmetic Care Center provide personalized care to residents of Indianapolis and Carmel with state-of-the-art technology for optimal health, aesthetics, and patient satisfaction. To receive more information or schedule a consultation, call (317) 848-2427 to speak with our friendly staff.