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Stages of Melanoma
Stages of Melanoma

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. These cancerous growths develop when pigment-producing cells—known as melanocytes—mutate and become cancerous.

Skin cancer may spread from where it began to other parts of the body. The method used to stage melanoma is based on the thickness of the tumor and whether the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes or other parts of the body.

Types of skin cancer
Types of skin cancer

There are three main types of skin cancer . The different types of skin cancer are named for the skin cell where the cancer develops -  basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. The most serious of them is melanoma.

ABCDE Rule for the early detection of Melanoma
ABCDE Rule for the early detection of Melanoma

The ABCDE rule is a guide to the usual signs of melanoma.

Skin Cancer Image
Skin Cancer Image

Skin cancers are cancers that originate from the skin. They are due to the development of abnormal cells that have the ability to spread to other parts of the body.

Signs, Symptoms, Prevention, Treatment of Melanoma
Signs, Symptoms, Prevention, Treatment of Melanoma

Skin cancer is quite common, occurring in one in five Americans. But new treatment options can help improve prognosis and survival if people find the cancer at an early stage.

Ultra violet (UV) rays penetration deep into the skin
Ultra violet (UV) rays penetration deep into the skin

Many experts believe that, especially for fair-skinned people, UV radiation also plays a key role in the development of melanoma.

Squamous-cell carcinoma or squamous cell cancer
Squamous-cell carcinoma or squamous cell cancer

Squamous cell carcinomas, also called epidermoid carcinoma, is a type of skin cancer that result from squamous cells. These cells form the surface of the skin lining of hollow organs in the body.

Types of Melanoma
Types of Melanoma

The photo shows two types of skin melanoma on the neck and back of a man.

Signs and symptoms of skin cancer
Signs and symptoms of skin cancer

While symptoms of the skin cancer can vary, new or unusual growths, or any changes in existing moles, may be early signs of the skin cancer.

Mole removal
Mole removal

Changes in the existing moles or new moles can be a sign of skin cancer. Doctor may want to remove them in some cases if there is a risk of cancer.

Stages of transformation of Malignant Lentigo in the Melanoma
Stages of transformation of Malignant Lentigo in the Melanoma

Lentigo maligna is an early form of melanoma in which the malignant cells are confined to the tissue of origin, the epidermis. It is often reported as 'in situ' melanoma.

Basal cell carcinoma on the skin of a patient
Basal cell carcinoma on the skin of a patient

Basal cell carcinoma is a skin cancer that grows on parts of your skin that get a lot of sun.

Melanoma on the skin of a patient
Melanoma on the skin of a patient

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. It develops in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin (pigment that gives your skin its color). Melanoma can also develop in eyes and, rarely, in internal organs, such as the intestines.

Layers of the skin (melanocyte)
Layers of the skin (melanocyte)

Three main layers of the skin are - epidermis, dermis, and subcutis.

Skin cancer infographics
Skin cancer infographics

Learn about skin cancer basics