Patient-education guide: Melanoma

April 2004 
Volume 34  Number 4
Pages 52 - 53
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  • What is melanoma?

  • Who's at risk for developing melanoma?

  • How will my health care provider know it's melanoma?

  • How will my health care provider treat melanoma?

  • What care will I need after being treated for melanoma?

  • How can I tell if I get another melanoma?

  • How can I protect my skin and prevent melanoma?

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  • What is melanoma?

    Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that affects cells that give color to the skin. It may begin as a mole that grows, changes in color or size, or develops irregular borders, or it may start as a flat or raised area of skin. The melanoma may be painless or feel sore or become irritated, scaly, crusty, or itchy, and it may bleed easily.

    The melanoma may be almost any color, including red, blue, tan, brown, black, gray, or white. At first, ...

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