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Melanoma - What's the treatment?

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Melanoma may be suspected because of the history of change (if known) or the appearance of the mole. A suspected melanoma should be surgically removed (excision). They are usually removed using a local anaesthetic and once the mole is removed then the area is stitched up (sutured). A small area of normal skin around the mole is also excised to make sure all the melanoma cells have been removed.

The mole is then sent to a pathology laboratory for examination under a microscope (histology). The pathologist will describe the result of the lesion in a report. The report may describe the result as a Breslow Score or a Clarks Level result.

When a diagnosis of Melanoma is made, it may be that no further tests or treatment is needed. However, it might be that your whole body needs to be examined to see if cancer cells could have spread to other areas (such as nearby lymph glands), and whether there are any more moles suspicious of melanoma. Sometimes, x-rays, ultrasound examination and other scans are thought advisable. After treatment, regular check-ups are arranged. These check-ups are important to look for any potential further problems from the melanoma.

At present, the only successful treatment is excision of the melanoma by surgery. That is why it is so important to self examine and also have your moles checked by a qualified health professional and to report any mole you think may have changed.

 

 

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