Malignant Melanoma Treatment Clinic London
Malignant melanoma is a form of skin cancer that accounts for around 3 percent of skin cancer cases in Britain. It generally originates from the skin but can spread to other areas of the body, so if you’re concerned about a lesion on your skin, it’s important to get help from a professional dermatologist as soon as possible. Most malignant melanoma is treatable with surgery alone if caught early enough and Dr Daniel Glass is an expert in treating skin cancer, so you’ll be in caring and professional hands at The Dermatology Clinic.
About malignant melanoma
Melanomas sometimes occur in an existing mole on the skin. However, more than 50 percent of the time, melanomas appear as a new mole. They can be nodular and sometimes ulcerate or bleed.
It’s important to check your moles for changes in shape, size or colour as these are all warning signs of melanoma. You can look for signals using the ABCD approach:
- Asymmetry – an irregular or unusual looking mole
- Border – a mole with an irregular border
- Colour – a mole containing more than two colours or with a mottled appearance, or one that’s very dark in colour
- Diameter – a mole that appears to be getting bigger
Treating malignant melanoma
Rapid treatment is essential for malignant melanoma. This involves surgically removing the lesion with a scalpel and sending it to the lab for testing. Before surgery, your dermatologist will inject a local anaesthetic to the area so you won’t feel any discomfort.
The next step will depend on the diagnosis from the lab. If the diagnosis is positive, you’ll require another operation to remove more of the tissue surrounding the melanoma site. This is done to ensure no cancerous cells have been left behind and decreases the chances of a melanoma returning in the future.
Book an appointment
It’s important to remember that the earlier your melanoma is diagnosed and treated, the less chance of the cancer spreading. If you’re worried about a mole on any part of your body, don’t hesitate to give The Dermatology Clinic a call. Our dedicated team will help to put your mind at ease and make sure you receive the right treatment as quickly as possible, with the highest quality of care.