Need a Melanoma Excision?
If you need melanoma excision in St. Louis, MO, visit our highly skilled team of doctors. We have specialist expertise in diagnosing and treating melanoma, a serious forms of skin cancer. If melanoma is caught and treated early, it is almost always curable. Therefore, seeking the help of an experienced St. Louis dermatologist is a great way to ensure that you’re getting the care you deserve. If it is not caught early, melanoma becomes hard to treat and can be fatal.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives, though these cancers are usually basal cell carcinoma and/or squamous cell carcinoma. Melanoma is less common than basal cell or squamous cell skin cancers; however, it is one of the most dangerous types of skin cancer because it can spread rapidly to other parts of the body.
Melanomas can look like new moles and they can arise from existing moles. That’s why it’s crucial that you and your dermatologist regularly check your skin to detect any potential melanoma early, when it is treatable with surgery. You should see your doctor immediately if you develop a multicolored mole with jagged, uneven borders or notice an existing mole change in size, shape or color. Melanomas can occur on any part to the body.
We can generally treat and cure thin melanomas (melanoma in situ) with a simple excision. This operation involves numbing the skin and cutting out the tumor, along with a margin of normal skin at the edges. The wound is stitched closed. If a deeper melanoma is confirmed by biopsy (invasive melanoma), we will perform a wider melanoma excision in St. Louis, MO. More skin will be cut away from the area around the melanoma. In all cases of melanoma surgery, the tissue will be looked at under a microscope to ensure no cancer cells are left in the skin. In addition, as with any skin surgery, the procedure will leave a scar..Deeper and more advanced cancers (metastatic melanoma) may need more extensive surgery, as well treatments such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy. You can discuss these options in more detail with your doctor and cancer specialist.
To book a consultation for melanoma excision in St. Louis, MO, please call our office at (314) 878-3839 today.