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Melanoma


Melanoma

What is melanoma?
A type of skin cancer, melanoma is often called the “most serious skin cancer” because it can spread from the skin to other parts of the body.

Is it contagious? No


Could I have melanoma?

Melanoma: Signs and symptoms

See the different ways melanoma can appear and learn how you can find it.

How can I tell if I have skin cancer?

If you find a spot on your skin that could be skin cancer, here’s what you need to do.

How is melanoma diagnosed?

Dermatologists use tools, such as a dermatoscope, to help them get a close look at a suspicious spot.


How to spot melanoma

5 signs that your child’s mole needs to be checked

Melanoma is rare in young children. Even so, there are times when a mole should be checked by a dermatologist just to be sure. Caught early, melanoma is highly treatable.

ABCDEs of melanoma

Learn how to identify the signs of melanoma. Consult your dermatologist immediately if any of your moles or pigmented spots exhibit the ABCDEs.

In children, melanoma can look different

To help parents find melanoma early, dermatologists want parents to know that melanoma can look different in children.

Melanoma: Find it early

When found early, melanoma is highly treatable. The key to finding melanoma early is to perform skin self-exams so that you can check your own skin for signs of this skin cancer.

Skin cancer in people of color

People of all colors, including those with brown and black skin, get skin cancer. The good news is you can find skin cancer early. Found early, most skin cancers, including melanoma, can be cured.

Is that melanoma on your foot?

Melanoma, the most serious skin cancer, develops on skin that gets too much sun. It can also begin in places where the sun rarely shines, such as your foot. Here’s what you need to know to find melanoma on your feet.

Skin self-exam

Detect skin cancer early by following these dermatologists’ tips for checking your skin.


Causes and risks

What causes melanoma?

Learn what causes melanoma and why some people have a higher risk of developing it.

What increases melanoma risk?

More people are developing melanoma, the most-serious skin cancer, than ever before. Do you know what increases your risk of getting this sometimes deadly skin cancer? You can find out by taking this quiz.

Genetic testing for melanoma

If you’re worried about getting melanoma, you may be wondering whether you should have genetic testing. Before getting a genetic test for melanoma, here are some facts you should know.

Men over 50

By age 50, men are more likely than women to develop melanoma. Learn why melanoma seems to strike men harder.

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