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Melanoma is one of the deadliest cancers out there.  If caught early, it is one of the easiest to cure – or rather to stop in its tracks.  The secret is to catch it early, do a wide excision, do a double path to make sure the melanoma has been properly classified (this is what killed Diana Ashby, wife of shuttle pilot, Jeff Ashby), then get on with your life, if you are that fortunate.

Once you are on your way, start removing any possible nevis that could be melanoma.  The average person who has one primary will, within a few years have a 2nd primary like John McCain did.  The best way to solve that little problem is to start removing moles and having a path done on them.  According to my Derm, he just doesn’t see where an additional primary could occure because I’ve had just about every potential problem removed. (That was his report – today).

You need to know what a bad nevis and melanoma looks like. Then go from there.

Melanoma is deadly. If you have a mole you suspect, and you do not have it treated, properly – YOU WILL DIE.  It’s that simple.  Melanoma, untreated, is always fatal.  It may be genetic, it is usually caused by a severe sunburn.  And – if you do a 6 months derm. visit for a full body check, you will literally be saving your life.

“…What Is Melanoma?
Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer.
Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. It begins in skin cells called melanocytes.
Melanocytes are the cells that make melanin, which gives skin its color. Melanin also protects the deeper layers of the skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
When people spend time in the sunlight, the melanocytes make more melanin and cause the skin to tan. This also happens when skin is exposed to other forms of ultraviolet light (such as in a tanning booth). If the skin receives too much ultraviolet light, the melanocytes may begin to grow abnormally and become cancerous. This condition is called melanoma.
How and where does melanoma appear?
The first sign of melanoma is often a change in the size, shape, or color of a mole. But melanoma can also appear on the body as a new mole.
In men, melanoma most often shows up:
on the upper body, between the shoulders and hips
on the head and neck
In women, melanoma often develops on the lower legs.
In dark-skinned people, melanoma often appears:
under the fingernails or toenails
on the palms of the hands
on the soles of the feet
Although these are the most common places on the body for melanomas to appear, they can appear anywhere on the skin. That’s why it is important to always examine your skin to check for new moles or changes in moles.
With early diagnosis and treatment, the chances of recovery are very good.
The chance of getting melanoma increases as you get older, but people of any age can get melanoma. In fact, melanoma is one of the most common cancers in young adults. Each year, more than 50,000 people in the U.S. learn that they have melanoma.
Melanoma is a serious and sometimes life-threatening cancer. If melanoma is found and treated in its early stages, the chances of recovery are very good. If it is not found early, melanoma can grow deeper into the skin and spread to other parts of the body. This spread is called metastasis.
Once melanoma has spread to other parts of the body beyond the skin, it is difficult to treat….”

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