Melanoma Awareness, Preventative Tips, Skin Cancer

Understanding Melanoma and its Prognosis

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Posted 03/10/13

When melanoma is detected in its early stage, it is possible for an individual to get a good prognosis. Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body. However, chances are high that cancerous moles are developed on the areas which are frequently exposed to sun. The face, arms, legs and neck are critical regions of the human body that are often exposed to sun rays. People with dark skin are also diagnosed with cancerous moles that are often in hidden spots. It is important for every individual to understand the possible side effects of long exposure to sun rays.

Melanoma and Ultraviolet

When the skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays, there is a possibility that moles that are present in the critical regions may change to become malignant. Detecting a malignant mole in its early stage will play a critical role in its treatment. An individual should also keep in mind that melanoma is the deadliest form of cancer.

Prognosis should be determined as malignant moles are often found to advance at a faster rate than other forms of skin cancers. Mole mapping can be performed from time to time in order to check out for the presence of cancerous moles.

It is easy for an individual to detect the presence of cancerous moles with physical examination. Melanoma symptoms include asymmetrical structure of the mole, change of color of the mole and enlargement of the mole over a period of time. It is also important to keep an eye on and to track down the growth of new moles in different regions.

Self examination for suspicious moles will be helpful for an individual. There is a high chance that the cancerous mole can be eliminated. A survival chance of 95% can be achieved. Any delay caused by an individual will lead to death as the
malignant mole grows at a faster rate.

Melanoma and Moles

Malignant moles also lead to other diseases within the body. Therefore, it is important for an individual to keep an eye on moles and get mole mapping from time to time. Screening for melanoma is the best way to detect any presence of a cancerous tumor in its early stage. Consulting a specialist in this situation will be helpful to prevent further progress of the disease.

Opting for the best treatment is essential. The right treatment will probably decrease or eliminate the presence of cancerous element over a period of time. The important this is to not lose hope.