Melanoma

The Most Serious of Skin Cancers

Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that originates from melanocytes. Melanocytes produce dark brown pigment responsible for skin, hair and eye color. Melanoma can occur in any part of the body with melanocytes (e.g.skin, nail bed, colon, brain etc.).

While melanoma is less common than BCC and SCC, it is dangerous, aggressive and sometimes fatal. Risk factors include genetics and UV radiation. High rates of melanoma have been reported in Austrailia, Europe and North America.

  • Appearance: rapidly evolving irregular brown/black or red nodule, ulcer
  • Location: legs (women), back (men), acral or subungal (SE Asian, African)
  • Metatases: high risk for spread to lymph nodes, liver, brain and bone

Contact Storwick and Associates for treatment information at 403.286.0086.