Most adults have multiple moles on their body. Moles, or nevi, are benign skin growths, and the majority are harmless. However, melanoma can be present in a mole, which is why it is important to be aware of changes to moles or any new moles that appear. Melanoma is the most aggressive type of skin cancer that can spread quicker to other areas of the body. At Precision Medical Specialists, we can provide melanoma diagnosis and cancerous moles treatment at our medical facility in Wellington, FL.
MELANOMA WARNING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Like all types of cancer, early detection and treatment of melanoma is the best chance for stopping the spread of this disease. It is recommended that everyone perform skin checks on themselves regularly to identify any signs of skin cancer, especially suspicious moles. At Precision Medical Specialists, our board certified dermatologist, Dr. Katherine Chiang, offers 360 full-body mole and skin cancer checks for our patients. Some of the melanoma warning signs and symptoms that can alert you to possible skin cancer include the ABCDE’s of melanoma:
- A – asymmetrical – Moles or skin growths that are asymmetrical (both sides do not match) could possibly be melanoma.
- B – border – If the border of a mole is irregular, it is a sign of skin cancer.
- C – color – Moles that change color may be cancerous.
- D – diameter – Melanomas are typically diagnosed when they are larger – >6 mm or larger than a pencil eraser.
- E – evolving – Moles that are changing or evolving should be considered suspicious and need to be examined by a dermatologist.
Cancerous moles are not the only types of melanomas. This type of skin cancer often is found in finger or toenails with dark spots around the nail or a dark line through the nail. Melanomas can grow almost anywhere, including on the bottom of the feet or on the scalp. This is why a full body scan for moles and skin cancer is so important to check areas you may not be able to see on your own.
Melanoma or cancerous mole treatment varies depending on many different factors. The stage of melanoma (0-4), depth and whether it has spread are important to determining a treatment plan. Your age, health and medical history also play a role in the best treatment options. Dr. Chiang is one of the best skin cancer dermatologists in the greater Palm Beach area. Her expertise can be valuable in finding the most effective treatment if you are diagnosed with melanoma. Treatments may include surgical removal of cancerous moles or growths, and some patients may need other cancer-related treatments such as lymphadenectomy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immunotherapy.
Melanoma is an aggressive form of skin cancer, but it can be effectively treated when caught in the earlier stages. If you have any warning signs of melanoma or symptoms of cancerous moles, treatment and diagnosis are available at Precision Medical Specialists. Contact our medical center in Wellington, FL, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chiang for a skin cancer evaluation.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Almost all patients are good candidates for melanoma reconstruction. Specific patient factors may cause one option to be better than others. The focus of reconstruction is to re-establish function and cosmetic appearance.
This usually depends on the stage and depth of the melanoma upon diagnosis. There are other factors in biopsy that may prompt the need to perform lymph node sampling. Each decision is made on a case by case basis.
Surgery removes the tumor with a border of healthy skin ranging from 0.5cm-2.0cm in most cases. Although there are indications based on tumor depth, the margins are also decided on a case by case basis depending on the area of the body.