Conditions: Melanoma

What is melanoma and is it dangerous?

Melanoma is the most severe form of skin cancer. If allowed to grow, melanoma can spread quickly to other parts of the body. This condition can be deadly.

How can I identify melanoma and what happens if I don't treat it?

Melanoma will sometimes appear as a dark spot or a wound that will not heal. It may grow, change shape or bleed. It is unlike other skin cancers because it may develop on areas that rarely get exposed to sunlight, such as the groin or the soles of the feet. Melanoma also has a high tendency to spread to other organs. There is a chance that metastatic melanoma can migrate to the liver, lungs, bones or brain.

Dermatology Associates of Seattle can help with your melanoma:

The best way to cure melanoma is to identify it early and remove it surgically. This can be done safely and virtually painlessly in the office. We recommend that anyone at risk be assessed by one of our experts at DAS on an annual basis.

Melanoma is a serious matter, so if you are even slightly concerned about suspicious skin abnormalities consult one of our dermatologists today.

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