Melanoma a form of skin cancer that can start in the skin cells we all have called melanocytes. These cells are on the outer layer of our skin. These are pigment producing cells that we have in our skin, our eyes and our hair that gives us color which is called melanin. Melanin is what gives us the color of our pigmentation.
Since some of us have more melanin than others, if you are a fair skin person, you can be more at risk for Melanoma cancer. Also, if you burn very easily when out in the sun, you are a prospect here too.
Another, you could have inherited this through your family genes. If you have a parent or a relative who has had this infection before, this can be a liability for you. Moreover, built up of excessive sun exposure you have had in your life already can be a big factor in developing this cancer as well. Do you have more than 50 moles on your body or do you have a history of sunburns? It would be a good idea for you to make an appointment right now to see a dermatologist.
Signs to look out for. Irregular lesions that seem to keep popping up on your body, face, etc. These lesions and/or moles are growing and changing. Again, a mole or a skin lesion that looks different in size and is changing in shape and color.
Increased cases of skin cancer are from people who spend lots of time in the sun. Also, people who live in the states that get more ultra violet rays from the sun than other states. An example of this is did you know that Melanoma is more common in the state of Texas than in Minnesota? In the state of Minnesota the sun is not as strong but in Texas the sun rays is.
Those tanning booths and sun lamps are giving you more exposure to ultra violet radiation which is an increase of you getting this skin infection as well.
You should avoid sun exposure (if you can) that is at its highest at midday between 10AM in the morning and 4 PM in the afternoon. Also, sunscreen is the best protection from ultra violet radiation. Buy SPF lotions that are of 30 or higher for the best protection from high sun rays. And wear those sunglasses that have the UV Lens.
Melanoma cancer can be cured only if it is diagnose in the early stage of this disease. When going to a doctor and if he/she suspects that the spot on your skin is a form of skin cancer, you as the patient will need a biopsy. The biopsy will give a correct diagnosis right away if you have this skin condition or not. If diagnose with this illness, then the doctor will have to find out at what stage the cancer is in which will be between stage 0 and 4. The treatment that is needed will then come into play.
The next step would be treatment and this will depend on many factors such as your age, your general health and the stage the virus is in. Before starting any treatment plan, you should get a second opinion.
Early detection is the best treatment. Periodic dermatologist visits should be on your schedule. You don’t want a situation like this to get worst. Make sure you are performing a skin examination every month.