What is melanoma?

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What is melanoma?
Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells. Melanoma may appear on the skin suddenly without warning but also can develop within an existing mole. The overall incidence of melanoma continues to rise. In fact, melanoma rates in the United States doubled from 1988 to 2019, and worldwide, the number of melanoma diagnoses are expected to increase by more than 50% by 2040.

Surgery is the best weapon against most melanomas, especially when caught early. Learn more about your melanoma surgery options and schedule an appointment with our trusted provider, Grace Chen, PA-C.
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