Melanoma In Fort Lauderdale, Fl
Broward Dermatologist Offers Melanoma Screening And Treatment
What is Melanoma?
Melanoma is a vicious skin cancer that begins in the cells responsible for melanin production (melanocytes). Melanomas may often appear as normal moles and should be examined by your physician for proper diagnosis. Melanomas are usually brown or tan in pigment, but may also be skin toned, red, or white. Melanoma may impact any race or ethnicity but is most commonly treated in caucasian patients.
What Causes Melanoma?
Healthy skin cells form by pushing dead skin cells to the surface of the skin, where they are shed. When skin cells are damaged, the DNA is altered, leading to cancer, which can cause rapid and excessive cell growth. Though one exact cause for melanoma is unclear, certain risk factors may point to a conclusive diagnosis. Common risk factors include:
- Exposure to ultraviolet rays
- Tanning bed lamps
- Genetic factors
- Individuals with fair skin tones/prone to sunburn
- Individuals with compromised immune systems
- Individuals who live in higher elevation
Cutaneous melanomas are often treated with surgical removal of the melanoma and some of the surrounding skin. If the melanoma has metastasized, your physician will work with an oncologist to find a treatment plan which may include:
- Targeted therapies (such as BRAF or MEK inhibitors)
Lymph node biopsies might be conducted if cancer has spread (metastasized). Combination treatments are often recommended if the melanoma has advanced.
Schedule A Consultation
Galt Dermatology serves both men and women of all ages in the Fort Lauderdale area. Trust your skin health to our dedicated team and to our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Villacorta. To schedule your initial consultation, please call our office at 954-463-5406 or schedule your appointment online.