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Melanoma

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops in the cells that produce melanin, which is the pigment that gives color to the skin, hair, and eyes. Melanomas usually appear as dark, irregularly shaped moles or patches on the skin, but they can also develop in other parts of the body, such as the eyes, mouth, or genitals. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but it can usually be cured if it is detected and treated early. Risk factors for developing melanoma include a history of excessive sun exposure, a family history of melanoma, fair skin, and a weakened immune system.

What to look for:

  • Asymmetrical growth (ie a mole is not round any more).
  • Irregular borders.
  • Colour changes (variegated appearance or darker).
  • Increase in size of mole (over weeks to months).
  • Elevation of a previously flat mole

Fast Facts

What can I expect?

procedure time

Surgery is dependent on the depth of the tumour. Further surgery may include a sentinel node biopsy.

Guidelines

We follow international guidelines for determining how much tissue is necessary to be removed.

schedule

Once staged reports are shared with all involved members of the team to determine treatment going forward.

Procedure

We do sentinel node biopsies at the same time as the wide local excision.

Best Solution

In areas such as the face and hands, a joint decision with our oncologists (Eden Oncology) is made to achieve a balance between tissue-sparing surgery and long-term outcome.

Care

A team approach between our dermatologists, oncologists and Dr Patel at George Plastic Surgery ensures that you receive understandable realistic and comprehensive care for your melanoma stage.

Pre-Operation Instructions

Post-Operation Instructions

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