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 have a lifetime risk of developing invasive melanoma, a 2000% increase from 1930. When non-invasive melanoma is included, one in 34 Americans have a 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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Melanoma Puget Sound Dermatology
Melanoma Puget Sound Dermatology

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. Craig Birkby

Dr. Birkby is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology and has performed over 15,000 Mohs surgeries...

Dr. Nguyen Sheena Puget Sound Dermatology

Sheena Nguyen, DO

Dr. Nguyen is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a Board Certified, Fellowship-trained Pediatric Dermatologist. She was born and raised...


Ame Phitwong, ARNP

Ame is a board certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner who has worked entirely...