What you need to know about Melanoma. Let me tell you a short story of a friend of mine.
I had a friend, he had a mole come up on his stomach, he didn’t think anything about it, so he let it go. The mole didn’t get bigger but grew within, spreading through his body. Finally, overtaken him and killing him. Yeah, I know, you say why didn’t he go to the doctor. Well, just a mole, it will not bother me, or that’s what he thought. Finally, it spread through his body, eventually to his brain, where it got the best of him and killed him.
Melanoma is very serious but it’s not the most common type of skin cancer. What the biggest problem with it is that it often spreads.
Now after I understood just how serious this disease of melanoma was, I started to be a little more concerned. It was something that needed to have awareness of.
What is Melanoma
What different definitions
Dictionaries say melanoma is different types of skin tumors characterized by the malignant growth of melanocytes.
Some dictionaries say, it is a tumor of melanin-forming cells, typically a malignant tumor associated with skin cancer:
Doctors say it’s a form of skin cancer that begins in the cells (melanocytes) that control the pigment in your skin.
The way I see it is that melanoma is caused by ultraviolet light from the sun and even tanning beds. It can make you more susceptible to getting melanoma.
We know whatever kind of disease it is very serious and deadly. Now that we know what it is, what else should we know about it? Watch this short video on how to recognize melanoma…
What are the Symptoms (What to Look for)
Not all melanomas start by moles, it could be any unusual skin growth. Could be redness or swelling around the spot.
Might even be sores that do not heal. Bleeding or running moles that are tender and itch with pain.
Through studying, I’ve found that some of the characteristics of melanoma use the A, B, C, D, E system that I’ve displayed below.
Asymmetry-an odd shaped mole, that looks different from others, as one side looks different than the other
Borders-the outside edge of the mole is jagged or ruff, not smooth
Color-odd looking shades and colors, different looking than other moles
Diameter-a mole that is abnormally larger looking than other moles
Evolving-a changeable mole or that changes in shape
Types of Melanoma
Acral lentiginous melanoma – dark-skinned people are the ones that most commonly get this type of skin cancer. It appears on the hands and feet or under the nails. Not related to sun exposure.
Amelanotic melanoma – this type of cancer cells does not make melanin so the color is different pale looking and harder to detect.
Lentigo maligna melanoma – a malignant melanoma that is very slow growing. Lentigo maligna melanoma has come from lentigo malign (lentiginous melanoma) on sun-damaged skin. Non-invasive but melanoma in situ that consists of malignant cells.
Nodular melanoma – second most common and most aggressive form of melanoma. This cancer grows downward in dept more than in width which makes it harder to detect. Usually shows up where there have not been any signs.
Superficial spreading melanoma – the most common type of melanoma. It is said that 70% of cases diagnosed is Superficial spreading melanoma. It grows outward slowly for a while containing the cells before breaking out of its borders and spreading deeper.
What are the Causes
Some causes and what will make you make susceptible to melanoma are-
- Ultraviolet radiation from the sun or other things that put it out
- Light colored eyes or hair make a difference, more commonly Red or Blonde hair
- Genetically through handed down genes
- Having a light-colored skin, that does not tan, but sunburns
- Having certain skin diseases that might cause melanoma, one that is called pigmentosum
- even the genes that you have may change
The best thing is not to get too much sunlight or sunburn.
See you’re, doctor, to have your skin checked
Avoid to much sun at peak times
Avoid sunburns too much sun is bad
Use sunscreen to keep harmful rays under control
Avoid UV tanning beds
Get plenty of vitamin D
What are some Treatments
Surgery-where they would cut out the cancerous spot, even the surrounding edges.
Chemotherapy-is different types of anti-cancer drugs used together or individually, to slow down or stop cancer cells usually used when cancer has spread through the body.
Targeted Therapy-is another way to treat melanoma it is done by drugs also, by targeting pacific cancer and administering the drugs, without hurting the normal cells.
Immunotherapy-the use of using the immune system to fight the cancer cells.
Clinical Trials-are also used to treat cancer, at any time they could be several of this going on. Many say this is the best treatment.
Radiation Therapy-if surgery doesn’t work and the cancer is spreading or cancer has come back. The most commonly used radiation is called external beam radiation therapy.
Reason for Post
Really no different from other posts here in livegreaterhealth.com it’s on a need to know basis. You need to know and we want to tell of this deadly cancer. May not be known very well to many people but melanoma is dangerous and should be much aware of.
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