Melanoma is rare, accounting for roughly 1% of skin cancers, but this form of skin cancer has been growing more common. If you suspect you have a melanoma, rely on the skin cancer specialists at the office of Ali Hendi, MD, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Ali Hendi, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, and Joy Green, PA-C, provides advanced techniques in skin cancer surgery and detection. Call the practice today or book a consultation online for an evaluation of your melanoma.
Melanoma is a rare kind of skin cancer that develops in your melanocytes. Melanocytes are the cells that give your skin a brown or tan color. Melanoma occurs when these cells grow uncontrollably.
The risk of having melanoma increases with age, as most people with this type of skin cancer are diagnosed at the average age of 65. While melanoma is more common in men, women have higher rates of melanoma before the age of 50 than men. However, you can develop melanoma at any age.
Melanoma is a dangerous form of skin cancer because it’s much more likely to spread to other parts of your body than other skin cancers. Catching and treating it early helps to prevent its spread.
Melanomas may form anywhere on your skin. Women tend to have melanomas on their legs, while men are more likely to have this form of cancer on their chest or back.
Melanomas can also develop on your:
However, having melanoma in one of these areas is less common.
Melanomas often look like a new spot on your skin or a spot that has changed in color, size, or shape. These types of skin cancer also create unusual spots or patches that look entirely different than any other growth on your skin.
If you notice one of these spots, contact the office of Ali Hendi, MD, to have your skin checked by a skin cancer specialist. Show your provider any mole that you’re unsure of because it's difficult to tell a melanoma from a noncancerous growth.
The skin cancer specialists at Ali Hendi, MD, tailor your treatment to the stage of the skin cancer, along with other factors. Early-stage melanomas are frequently treated with surgery to remove cancer, but more advanced melanomas may require surgery and other treatments.
Recent studies have shown that Mohs surgery, along with special stains called IHC, provide a 99.5% cure rate for early stage melanoma. The team at Ali Hendi, MD is the only facility in the Washington, DC metro area with the experience and advanced laboratory techniques to perform Mohs surgery on melanoma.
The team at the office of Ali Hendi, MD, explains your choices. They answer all of your questions to help you select an effective treatment to free yourself from skin cancer.
If you'd like your skin checked for cancer or you know you have melanoma, call the office of Ali Hendi, MD, today or book a consultation with a skin cancer specialist.