Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and may appear without warning but it may also begin in a mole or other dark spot in the skin.
Melanoma can spread very quickly and once it penetrates below the surface of the skin it can become deadly. Survival rate is largely dependent on the thickness of melanoma; a patient with a melanoma of less than 0.75 mm thick can expect to have 95% cure rate. If left until greater than 4mm thick, the cure rate drops to less than 55%. This is why it is so important to detect melanoma early.
TYPES OF MELANOMA
SUPERFICIAL SPREADING MELANOMA
Most common type and most amendable to simple excision.
Most dangerous melanoma as they are often very thick when diagnosed.
LENTIGO MALIGNA MELANOMA
Most commonly found in elderly patients usually on the face or neck.
MELANOMA IN SITU
The earliest form of melanoma and is completely curable with complete excision.
The uncommon melanoma type that often goes away, found on the sole of the foot or the palm of the hand.