Malignant Melanoma

Our Providers at High Valley Dermatology, Drs. Sewell and Miner are well-experienced in the treatment and aftercare of patients with melanoma.  Malignant Melanoma(MM) is the most dangerous skin cancer and can occur on any surface of the skin.   If left untreated, it is more likely than other skin cancers to spread to other parts of the body.  When cancer cells do spread, called metastasis, they break away from the original growth and enter the blood vessels or lymph vessels.

Melanoma skin cancer can appear as a new mole or in an existing mole. They are generally more than one color and have irregular borders.

Risk Factors include:

  • Family history of MM
  • More than 100 moles
  • Use of tanning beds
  • Atypical Moles-see below for ABCDE’s of melanoma

What to Look for: The ABCDE’s of Melanoma

  • Asymmetry- If you draw a line through a mole and the two sides do not match
  • Border- irregular edges
  • Color- A variety of colors which may include brown, tan, black, red, white, and blue
  • Diameter- larger than a pencil eraser but may be smaller if found early
  • EVOLVING– Changes in size, shape, or color

We offer skin cancer screenings to help in detecting skin cancer early. We will work to promptly diagnose and treat any skin problems we find. You do not have to face skin cancer alone. We are your skin cancer specialists.  Call us at 208-522-(SKIN) 7546

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