Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Cutaneous malignant melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and accounts for about three-quarters of all skin cancer deaths. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses detection methods and treatment options for this serious condition.

Dr. Hill:

Cutaneous malignant melanoma is a dangerous form of skin cancer that can spread throughout your body if you dont get treatment.

Anyone can get melanoma, but some people have a higher risk, including those with:

A family history of melanoma

A history of a blistering sunburn as a child

Skin that usually burns, but doesnt tan

More than 50 moles of any size and

Moles larger than a pencil eraser

It is very unusual for children to get melanoma, but it can happen.

The only way to find out for sure if you have melanoma is by having your doctor remove a sample of the spot on your skin to be examined.

Melanoma is treated by removing the cancerous spot and some of the normal skin around the spot. In most cases, this can be done at your doctors office with numbing medicine. If you have a larger melanoma, your doctor may refer you to a dermatologist or a surgeon.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.