How to Spot Melanoma

A suspicious birthmark or a changing dark spot can be melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer. It is therefore always wise to check your body regularly for suspicious dark spots. Melanoma can arise from an existing mole or a birthmark, but it can also appear on normal, healthy skin. Melanoma is a concentration of normal pigment cells that have turned into cancer cells. This aggressive form of skin cancer can occur anywhere on the skin. Melanoma can be treated, however, the sooner you discover the spot, the better the prognosis for an effective treatment with good recovery results will be.

Book a consultation with one of our Briarcliff Manor Dermatologists

If you feel unsure about a birthmark or dark spot on your body, do not hesitate to book a consultation with one of our expert Briarcliff Manor Dermatologists for a reliable melanoma diagnosis and treatment plan.

What does melanoma look like?

Melanoma is a dark spot on the skin and can have a light to dark brown or red color. In the beginning, it may look like a mole and it can also grow out of an existing mole. In general, all spots on the body that are changing, in size, shape or color can be marked as suspicious. In addition, when the spot is asymmetrical or abnormally large (more than 6 mm) a visit with one of our highly experienced Briarcliff Manor dermatologists is recommended.

Where can melanoma appear?

Most people relate the development of melanoma to an excessive amount of sunlight. Although this is a common cause, is not the only risk factor. Melanoma can appear anywhere on the body, even in places that do not catch a lot of sunlight, such as the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and mucous membranes. It is more common for women to have melanoma on the legs, while it is more common for men to have a melanoma spot on the torso. Melanomas can also occur in the eye as well. Our highly experienced Briarcliff dermatologists can assess a spot during a consultation and provide treatment options when a melanoma diagnosis is given.

Melanoma diagnosis by Briarcliff Manor dermatologists

Melanoma is treatable and there are several surgical and non-surgical melanoma treatments available. The treatment method depends on many factors, such as the type of melanoma, its location, and size and on the health condition of the patient. Our Briarcliff dermatologists will define the best treatment option in case a melanoma diagnosis has been determined. The chosen treatment will ensure the best possible recovery results.

Melanoma consultation in Briarcliff Manor, Westchester, New York

For more information about melanoma diagnosis and treatment, fill out the form below or call us at 718-857-7070 to schedule your consultation with an expert dermatologist in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

ADDITIONAL MELANOMA LOCATIONS

For the convenience of patients outside of Briarcliff Manor, we also offer melanoma consultations elsewhere in New York and New Jersey:

  • Melanoma Bayside, Queens
  • Melanoma Fresh Meadows, Queens
  • Melanoma Upper East Side, Manhattan
  • Melanoma Upper West Side, NYC
  • Melanoma Ossining, Westchester
  • Melanoma Tribeca, Manhattan
  • Melanoma Roslyn Heights,Nassau County
  • Melanoma West Islip, Long Island
  • Melanoma Commack, Suffolk County
  • Melanoma East Setauket, Long Island
  • Melanoma Ridgewood, Bergen County, NJ
  • Melanoma Summit, Union County, NJ
  • Melanoma Bellmore, Nassau County