Melanoma is a cancer of the pigment-producing cells in the skin, known as melanocytes. Melanoma occurs when melanocytes transform into cancer cells that multiply and invade other tissues.
- The overall incidence of melanoma is rising at an alarming rate.
- In 2005, one in 62 Americans
havea lifetime risk of developing invasive melanoma, a 2000% increase from 1930. When non-invasive melanoma is included, one in 34 Americans havea lifetime risk of developing melanoma.
- Excessive exposure to sunlight is the most preventable cause of melanoma. Melanoma has also been linked to excessive sun exposure in the first 10 to 18 years of life.
- Not all melanomas are
sun related– other possible causes include genetic factors and immune system deficiencies. Melanoma can strike anyone.
- A family history of melanoma increases your risk of developing melanoma and annual full body skin checks are recommended.
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Treatment For Melanoma
The American Academy of Dermatology urges everyone to examine their skin regularly. If there are any changes in the size, color, shape or texture of a mole, the development of a new mole, or any other unusual changes in the skin, see your dermatologist immediately.
Meet Our Providers
Our providers continue to maintain the highest levels of accreditation and progressive ongoing education to learn and understand the latest developments in medical dermatology. Each provider's education and bio can be viewed below.
Melanie Kuechle, MD
Dr. Kuechle is a native of Texas and a graduate of Baylor University College of Medicine. She completed her dermatology residency at...
Dr. Jill McKenzie
Dr. Jill McKenzie graduated from Washington State University with her Bachelor of Science degree, Magnum Cum Laude. She attended the University of...