Melanoma – Charlotte, North Carolina
Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Risk factors include:
- Fair skin
- Prolonged exposure to strong sunlight
- One or more blistering sunburns as a child
- Tanning beds
Symptoms and signs of melanoma are best categorized by the ABCDE system:
- Asymmetry: One half of the abnormal area is different from the other half.
- Borders: The edges of the growth are irregular.
- Color: Color changes from one area to another, with shades of tan, brown, or black, and sometimes white, red, or blue. A mixture of colors may appear within one sore.
- Diameter: The spot is usually (but not always) larger than 6 mm in diameter — about the size of a pencil eraser.
- Evolution: The mole keeps changing appearance.
The cornerstone of treatment for melanoma is surgical excision. Our surgeons specialize in these excisions as well as in minimally invasive lymph node sampling techniques. We coordinate our efforts with top oncologists and radiation oncologists to provide a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.
Learn more about melanoma at the U.S. National Library of Medicine