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7 things you need to know about Melanoma!

  • Melanoma is the rarest, but the most dangerous, form of three common types of skin cancer.
  • Melanoma accounts for just 2% of skin cancer cases but almost 10,000 of the >13,000 skin cancer deaths each year (American Cancer Society).
  • Numerous risk factors have been identified for melanoma, and the incidence appears to be increasing for people under the age of 40, especially in women.
  • Repeated overexposure to the sun is the major avoidable risk factor for melanoma - not getting sunburnt is the best prevention against skin cancer.
  • Diagnosis of skin cancer is made initially by the appearance of the skin, and confirmed by biopsy sample.
  • Self-monitoring of moles and other markings on the skin helps with early detection of skin cancer.

Treatment usually aims to completely remove skin cancer tumors, and is curative if done at the cancer's earliest stage.
Always have any suspicious moles, rashes or skin irritations looked at by a doctor. Call 770-296-8000 to schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Doctors at Atlanta Dermatology and Laser Surgery.

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