Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and develops when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (usually from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations that lead to skin cells multiplying rapidly to form tumors. While melanoma is not the most common skin cancer, it is the most deadly since it can spread to other parts of the body where it is harder to treat.
If melanoma is recognized and caught early, it is almost always curable. That is why it is so important to understand the early warning signs of skin cancer.
Spot skin cancer using the “ugly duckling” method.
If you have any skin concerns or are due for your annual full body skin exam, schedule an appointment online with a dermatologist near you or by calling your preferred location.
Annual full body skin exams are now covered as a preventative exam by most commercial insurance companies. Cost varies based on your insurance coverage.*
*Medicare and Medicaid are excluded