Malignant Melanoma

Malignant Melanoma is a type of cancer which forms from cells in the skin which contain pigment. Be aware of changes to your existing moles or the appearance of any lump on the skin.  It is most commonly seen on the  back, arms and legs but can occur in many other parts of the body including the eye.
Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer.  Causes may be genetic so it is important for you to provide Dr. Finkelstein with an accurate family history.  Other causes are prolonged exposure to UV rays both from the sun and tanning machines.
When treated early the cure rate is much higher when detected early.  The preferred treatment of melanoma is surgical removal.
Prevention includes limiting exposure to UV exposure including tanning machines.  The use of sunscreens and sun protective clothing can offer some protection.  Regular skin screenings are the best way to detect and treat malignant melanoma.