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Melanoma

Melanoma is a serious and dangerous form of skin cancer that develops due to damaged DNA in the pigment-producing cells, typically caused by overexposure to UV light.

What is it?

Melanoma is a dangerous type of skin cancer that originates from the melanocyte cells, the cells responsible for coloring the skin. This condition usually results from excessive exposure to ultraviolet light sources such as the sun, tanning beds and sun lamps. Such overexposure causes damage to the DNA in melanocytes, which can, over time, lead to mutations and subsequently skin cancer. Melanoma is notorious for its ability to spread rapidly to other body parts if not diagnosed and treated promptly, underscoring the importance of early detection.


Besides your annual skin inspection with a certified professional at our dermatology clinic, we recommend routine self-examinations using the ABCDE method. Contact a dermatologist immediately if a spot or mole exhibits any of the following characteristics:


  • A - An asymmetrical form
  • B - Irregular borders
  • C - Color variations from one area to another
  • D - Diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser
  • E - Evolution in its size, shape, or color since the last examination

You can reduce your risk of developing melanoma by limiting your exposure to the sun and safeguarding your skin against UV rays. While we understand the allure of the sun, it's essential to remember that it can also be damaging. Sun-related harm can accumulate throughout the year in West Virginia, even during the winter months. Therefore, it's important to use SPF 30+ sunscreen and restrict your exposure to harmful rays, regardless of the season.


If you need help diagnosing a spot or treating melanoma, schedule a consult with our expert dermatologists in Bridgeport, Clarksburg, Elkins, Hurricane, Morgantown, Parkersburg, South Charleston and Wheeling, West Virginia; in Waynesburg and Uniontown, Pennsylvania and in Marietta, Ohio.


How is it treated?

Should you find a questionable mole or mark, make an appointment immediately with one of our skin cancer specialists. After a visual exam, often including a dermatoscope for a close-up inspection, we may take a small tissue sample, or biopsy, from the concerning area. Your tissue sample is then sent to a dermatopathologist to confirm the presence or absence of cancer cells via microscope.


Treatment for melanoma largely depends on the specific type of melanoma you have and the stage of the disease - 0, I, II, III, or IV. Regardless of your stage, our medical practice is prepared to deliver expert, empathetic care. Mountain State Dermatology providers have specialized training and certification in various melanoma treatments, including surgical excision, Mohs surgery, immunotherapy, targeted drug therapy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Being part of DOCS Dermatology Group, our team also has the unique advantage of access to pioneering clinical trials for cancers that don't respond well to conventional treatment.


Don't delay if you have a questionable spot on your skin as early intervention is crucial, and be sure to schedule annual skin exams!

THE TREATMENTS BELOW CAN HELP WITH MELANOMA:
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