Treatments for melanoma at Belgravia Dermatology
- About – Melanoma can be a serious form of skin cancer. Fortunately the chance of cure is extremely high if is detected early. It is important to get any suspicious moles checked by a dermatologist
- Treatments – Moles which are abnormal looking can be removed for histological testing
- Self help – Avoiding the sun reduces the chance of melanoma
- Next step – A skin check is a good way of screening your moles for any ones which may be abnormal. Please contact us to organise a mole check with one of our Dermatologists
What is a melanoma?
Melanomas are skin cancers that arise from moles. They are one of the most serious types of skin cancer as they have the potential to spread. Melanomas affect young adults more frequently than other cancers, and are the second most common cancer in those aged 15 to 34 years of age. Fortunately, the chance of cure is high if melanoma is diagnosed early.
What does a melanoma look like?
Melanomas are usually brown or black growths that look different to typical moles. They are usually darker, may have multiple colours within them, and have irregular borders.
What are the risk factors for melanoma?
Melanoma most frequently affects fair skinned individuals. Other risk factors include:
- Spending a lot of time in the sun without sun block
- Using sun beds
- Having blond or red hair
- Having blue eyes
- Having a large number of moles
What can I do to reduce the chance of developing a melanoma?
It is important to take sensible precautions about the sun, and to avoid burning at all costs and to keep tanning to a minimum. More advice on sun protection can be obtained here.
How is melanoma treated?
When identified early on, the cure rates of melanoma are very high. The treatment is surgical excision of the melanoma and of a safety margin of normal skin around the melanoma . In some cases sentinel lymph node biopsy can be done at the time of diagnosis to see if the melanoma has spread to the lymph nodes.
Melanoma diagnosis and treatment at Belgravia Dermatology
- Detailed consultation and skin analysis by a Dermatologist including a full head to toe skin check assessing all moles with Dermoscopy
- Diagnosis of suspected melanoma by skin biopsy
- Surgical wide local excision
- Referral for sentinel lymph node biopsy if appropriate
What should I do next?
If you are worried about a possible SCC or have had a recent SCC diagnosis and would like to explore treatment options, then please arrange to see one of our Dermatologists who will be happy to help.