Melanoma is of the most serious types of skin cancer. Melanoma is when pigment cells gradually become more abnormal and divide without control or order. Melanoma most commonly appears as black or dark brown, but can also appear as red or no pigment at all.
Melanoma can cause bleeding, crusting, and inflammation causing your resident discomfort, but more often causes no pain.
Your nursing facility’s dermatology specialist can perform an on-site shave biopsy to remove the entire mole or a sample tissue for examination under a microscope. If the biopsy results show melanoma, and further treatment is necessary, the dermatology specialist will recommend the next steps necessary to treat the melanoma.
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–John B., Medical Director