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A melanoma is an aggressive form of skin cancer. It can occur anywhere on the skin and can sometimes spread quickly to other parts of the body. Melanoma usually develops on normal, healthy skin, but it can also develop from an existing birthmark. If you have a suspicious mark on your skin and suspect melanoma, do not hesitate to consult one of our expert Bellmore dermatologists to diagnose the spot and, if necessary, to provide the best melanoma treatment.
Melanoma can usually be recognized by the sudden appearance of a light brown, dark brown or red spot on the skin that grows rapidly. In the first phase, the spot will look like a birthmark. When a melanoma grows directly out of a birthmark, it can be recognized by a sudden change in color, size or in appearance. If you suspect a melanoma we recommend booking a consultation with one of our highly trained and experienced dermatologist in Bellmore, Nassau County.
A melanoma can occur anywhere on the skin, even on parts of the body that never reach the sun, such as the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and mucous membranes. In women, melanomas are more common on the legs. In men, they are more common on the body. Melanomas can also occur in the eye.
Several risk factors are known for the development of melanoma, such as sunburn at a young age and light skin. Other factors that can influence the development of a melanoma are: excessive amount of direct sunlight on the skin for many years, frequent use of sunbed or solarium, lots of moles or troublesome birthmarks (atypical naevi), light skin with freckles, light blond or red hair, hereditary predisposition to melanoma, or intake of medication that influences the immune system (such as prednisone or chemotherapy). Having been previously diagnosed with skin cancer can also present risk factors.
If you have noticed changes in a suspicious spot on your skin then make an appointment with a specialized dermatologist as soon as possible. The treatment for melanoma almost always involves removing the melanoma via surgery. In a second operation, the scar and part of the healthy skin around it are removed. For more information about diagnosis and melanoma treatment call us at 718-857-7070 to schedule your consultation, or fill out the form below. Once you book an appointment we will provide more information at our practice in Bellmore, Nassau County.
Please fill out the contact form below to book a melanoma consultation at our Advanced Dermatology clinic in Bellmore, Nassau County. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
For the convenience of patients outside of Bellmore, Nassau County, we also offer Melanoma treatments elsewhere in New York and New Jersey: