What Is Melanoma
How your dermatologists in Casper, Wyoming can help if you have a melanoma
Skin cancer can be scary, but there are many types of skin cancer, some more aggressive than others. Melanoma is one of the more aggressive types of skin cancer, and it can be disfiguring or fatal. Early diagnosis and treatment of melanoma are critical to providing the best outcome.
The dermatologists at Central Wyoming Skin Clinic offer a wide range of skincare services, including diagnosis and treatment of melanoma. They have several convenient office locations across Wyoming in Casper, Douglas, Gillette, Rawlins, Laramie, Wheatland, Thermopolis, and Riverton, Wyoming.
Melanoma is caused by cancer developing in the melanocytes, the cells that produce skin color. Malignant or cancerous melanoma is frequently caused by excessive sun exposure. You may be at higher risk if you have pale skin.
You can do a lot to prevent melanoma by always applying sunscreen before you go outside. You should use sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15, and at least an SPF of 30 if you plan to be outside for a long period of time.
You should also regularly check any moles you have and look for:
- Irregular borders
- A diameter larger than 6 millimeters
- An asymmetrical shape
- A change in color, size, or height
- A mole that has recurred after a previous removal
- A mole that itches or is painful
Your dermatologist will recommend a biopsy of suspicious moles to diagnose precancerous or cancerous tissue, and what type of skin cancer you have.
If you have melanoma, aggressive treatment is often recommended, which can include:
- Surgical excision of the cancerous tissue
- Radiation treatment to kill the cancerous cells
- Chemotherapy to kill the cancerous cells
- Mohs micrographic surgery to remove the cancer layer-by-layer
- Medicated lotions or creams to help your body fight the skin cancer
Melanoma can be a scary diagnosis, and it’s comforting to know your dermatologist is available to help you heal and feel better. To find out more about skin cancers including melanoma, talk with the dermatologists of Central Wyoming Skin Clinic in Casper Wyoming, at (307) 234-0003. Call now!