A dangerous form of skin cancer

Melanoma is a serious and dangerous form of skin cancer that develops due to damaged DNA in melanocytes — pigment-producing cells. It is usually caused by overexposure to UV light.

Melanoma is an aggressive skin cancer that starts in the melanocyte cells - the cells that give skin color its pigment. Damage to the DNA in melanocytes is caused by overexposure to ultraviolet light, such as the sun, tanning beds and sun lamps. Over time, this damage can cause mutations, leading to skin cancer.

In addition to your annual skin check with one of our board-certified providers, you can perform regular self-exams using the ABCDE method.

How is it treated?

If you have a suspicious mole or spot, schedule now with one of our skin cancer experts at Art of Dermatology. We will perform an in-office skin biopsy to test suspicious spots and that tissue sample will then be sent to a dermapathologist to determine if it contains cancer cells. Treatment for melanoma depends on the type of melanoma you have and the disease stage - 0, I, II, III or IV.

Our team has specialized training and certification across melanoma treatments including surgical excision, Mohs surgery, immunotherapy, targeted drug therapy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

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Schedule an appointment right away if a spot or mole has:


Asymmetrical shape

An asymmetrical shape in a mole may indicate potential melanoma; consult a dermatologist for evaluation.


Irregular Borders

Irregular borders in a mole can signal skin cancer risk; seek medical attention for assessment.


Varying colors on the skin

Varying colors within a mole may suggest melanoma development; monitor changes and consult a dermatologist.


Larger Diameter

Moles larger than a pencil eraser may warrant medical review to rule out skin cancer concerns.


Evolved its size

Changes in size, shape, or color of a mole from prior exams require immediate dermatological evaluation.

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