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Malignant Melanoma

Malignant Melanoma

Melanoma is also known as Malignant Melanoma, is a type of skin cancer. Melanoma is more dangerous because of its ability to spread to other organs more rapidly if it is not treated at an early stage. Melanomas can develop anywhere on the skin, but they are more likely to start on the trunk (chest and back) in men and on the legs in women. The neck and face are other common sites.

Melanoma can also occur in the eyes and other parts of the body, including the intestines. And it is relatively rare in people with darker skin.

 Signs and symptoms of Malignant Melanoma may include

  • A new spot on the skin or a spot that is changing in size, shape, or color.
  • Pigment, redness or swelling that spreads outside the border of a spot to the surrounding skin.
  • A skin sore that fails to heal.
  • A spot or sore that starts to bleed.

Preparing For Your Malignant Melanoma Surgery

Before your Malignant Melanoma surgery do not drink alcohol for 24 hours before surgery. Understand exactly what surgery is planned, along with the risks, benefits, and other options and follow each steps clearly. If you have some confusion before surgery please clear everything with doctor.

Post Operative Activities

  • After surgery most of people recover in a week or two.
  • Keep the wound clean to prevent it from becoming infected.
  • Over a few weeks, this area will heal and the redness will fade.

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Frequently Asked questions

Other names for this cancer include malignant melanoma and cutaneous melanoma. Most melanoma cells still make melanin, so melanoma tumors are usually brown or black. But melanoma is more dangerous because it's much more likely to spread to other parts of the body if not caught and treated early.
Melanoma can grow very quickly. It can become life-threatening in as little as six weeks and, if untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body. Melanoma can appear on skin not normally exposed to the sun.
Also, when melanoma develops in an existing mole, the texture of the mole may change and become hard or lumpy. Although the skin lesion may feel different and may itch, ooze, or bleed, a melanoma skin lesion usually does not cause pain.
It depends on the type of melanoma. For example, nodular melanoma grows rapidly over a matter of weeks, while a radial melanoma can slowly spread over the span of a decade. Like a cavity, a melanoma may grow for years before producing any significant symptoms.
Most people will have some pain after the operation, which usually improves as the wound heals. For some people, the pain may be ongoing, especially if lymph nodes were removed from the neck.
Melanoma is a very serious skin cancer characterized by the uncontrolled growth of cells that produce pigment, the substance in skin that produces color. Melanomas may appear suddenly and without warning. They are found most frequently on the face and neck, upper back and legs, but can occur anywhere on the body.

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