There are several treatments available for melanoma and research is ongoing. Of course, early detection and diagnosis are still key to improving your chances of surviving melanoma.
Melanoma is a potentially fatal form of skin cancer and is most commonly diagnosed in New Zealand and Australia due to the hole in the ozone layer. It is vital that everyone is aware of what to look for on their own skin.
Melanoma is the name given to the most serious type of skin cancer; it can spread quickly and it can be fatal. If it is diagnosed early then treatment can be highly effective.
It is important to understand the difference between a melanoma’s ‘level’ and its ‘stage’, as both are important pieces of information in determining how advanced a melanoma is and what treatment options are available.
No age group or racial group is totally immune to the effects of UV radiation from the sun and no group is genetically free from the risk of developing malignant skin cancer.
Melanomas can progress very quickly or very slowly. If you have a melanoma, a plastic surgeon will need to know what stage it is at in order to provide you with the most effective treatment.
You can prevent melanoma from spreading in most cases by identifying changes to your skin early and seeking medical help promptly. But by staying SunSmart, many cases of melanoma can be prevented.
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