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If you have noticed a changing mole, pigmented area or something abnormal? Our providers at High Valley Dermatology are well experienced in diagnosis, treatment, and aftercare of Melanoma. The following tests and procedures will diagnose melanoma:
If the pathology comes back as melanoma, further tests are done to find out if the cancer has spread within the skin or further into the body, called staging. The stage of the cancer will determine treatment.
Staging is based mainly on the thickness of the tumor and whether the melanoma has spread to the lymph nodes and/or other parts of the body. It is based on the following:
Melanoma spreads three different ways:
The process of cancer cells spreading from the original or primary tumor to other places in the body where another secondary tumor may form is called metastasis. The new tumor is the same cancer as the primary tumor.
The staging goes as follows:
Stage I: cancer has formed, stage I is divided into two stages, IA & IB.
Stage II is divided into three stages IIA, IIB, and IIC.
In stage III, thickness can vary, with or without ulceration. However, one or more of the following will be true:
In stage IV melanoma: The tumor has spread to other places, such as the liver, lungs, brain, bone, soft tissue or GI tract, spreading to places far away from where it started.
Recurrent melanoma: After melanoma has been treated and the cancer comes back. The cancer could come back where it was primarily or somewhere else in the body.
There several tests or procedures that could be done to determine the stage such as:
If you or a family member has the diagnosis of Malignant Melanoma we are here for you. Call 522-SKIN (7546) to schedule an appointment.
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