Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and melanoma is among the most dangerous and deadly of skin cancers. While it is more common among fair-skinned individuals, melanoma can affect people of all skin tones and types who are exposed to damaging UV rays. If you notice an unusual mole develop on your skin, contact your dermatologist for a skin evaluation or further resting. He or she will typically look for the ABCDs—asymmetry, border irregularity, color variations, and large diameter—to distinguish a benign mole from skin cancer symptoms. Learn more about how melanoma is diagnosed and treated in the video below.
For more information about skin cancer and melanoma, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.