- Acne Scars
- Benign Growths
- Red Birthmarks
- Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
- Moles (Nevi)
- Pre-cancers (Actinic Keratoses)
- Acne Scarring
- Skin Cancer
- Brown Spots & Freckles
- Total Body Photography
- Wart Removal
- Cherry Angiomas
- Enlarged Pores
- Redness of Neck or Chest
Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, but when found early and treated, the cure rate is nearly 100%.
Melanoma skin cancers occur less frequently than basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas but are significantly more lethal, killing 1 person every hour in the U.S. Melanoma can arise by itself or from a pre-existing mole that becomes rapidly growing, itching, bleeding, or changing its color or surface. Unlike most cancers, the incidence of melanoma is on the rise.
People at Risk for Melanoma
Anyone can get melanoma. Most people who get it have light skin, but people who have brown and black skin also get melanoma. Many are white men who are 50 years or older. More young people also are getting melanoma. Melanoma is now the most common cancer among people 25-29 years old. Even teenagers are getting melanoma.
Those at higher risk of getting melanoma have the following traits:
- Fair skin, red or blond hair, and blue or green eyes
- Sun-sensitive skin (rarely tans and burns easily)
- 50-plus moles, large moles, or unusual-looking moles (dysplastic nevi).
- If you have had bad sunburns or spent time tanning in the sun
- If you have used tanning beds or sun lamps
- Melanoma runs in the family
- You had another skin cancer, but most especially another melanoma.
- A weakened immune system.
Causes of Melanoma
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a major contributor in most cases. We get UV radiation from the sun, tanning beds, and sun lamps. Heredity also plays a role. If a close blood relative had melanoma, a person has a much greater risk of getting melanoma.
What should I look for?
It’s important to take time to look at the moles and brown spots on your skin because this is a good way to find melanoma early. When checking your skin, you should look for the ABCDEs of melanoma.
View ABCDs of Melanoma
Treatment of Melanoma
You can prevent the development of melanoma by protecting your skin from sun exposure, wearing a daily broad-spectrum sunscreen, and avoiding the use of tanning beds. Regular daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen reduces the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent.
Most skin cancers are treated with surgery, which can include either Mohs Micrographic Surgery or Surgical Excision. Dr. Curcio specializes in Skin Cancer Surgery. In addition, she has extensive experience in cosmetic and laser surgery and can help you attain the best possible outcome in treating your post-operative scar.
Dr. Curcio’s Reconstructive Skills are Truly Remarkable
I was diagnosed with Melanoma in Situ at the age of 51. Needless to say I was frightened and overwhelmed by the diagnosis. I am so thankful that I found Dr. Curcio (in 2012) at that time! She performed “Slow” Mohs surgery and reconstruction on my lower leg. Not only did she spend time with me explaining every aspect of the treatment, but her warm and caring manner immediately put me at ease during a very emotional time.
The surgery was quite extensive and successful (I am still cancer free!), but I have been absolutely amazed by the lack of scarring. Dr. Curcio’s reconstructive skills are truly remarkable.
I can’t say enough about my great experience with Dr. Curcio and her combination of professional excellence and personal compassion. She is simply the best!