Melanoma, also referred to as "black cancer," is the most dangerous of all skin cancer. Excessive exposure to the sun and the diminishing ozone layer are the contributory causes to the increase of melanoma all across the world. Most melanomas develop in the skin without a preceding mole, but some moles become melanomas. Early detection and complete removal are the keys to cure.
MoleMax™ II Digital Photography
The MoleMax II system offers the latest technological advancement in melanoma detection. Digital images, macro and micro, are stored in a data bank for close examination by Dr. De Stefano. Future comparisons are made to detect changes in existing moles and the appearance of new growths. Efficiency and increased accuracy are enhanced. MoleMax II Digital Photography is a non-invasive, painless procedure, and patients are able to observe the examination on the adjacent computer screen.
Examining Yourself for Melanoma
Early detection is the key to successful treatment of melanoma. People at a high risk of developing this disease include individuals who:
- Have a family history of melanoma or have has a previous occurrence of the disease
- Have unusual moles or moles that change in appearance
- Have fair skin, light hair and eye color and sunburn easily
- Had painful or blistering sunburns as a child or teenager
- Work indoors but enjoy outdoor recreational activities
By regularly checking their skin, patients will become familiar with the moles and marks on their skin. Patients should pay special attention to the size, shape, edges and color of moles. Remember the A, B, C, D's of moles, and contact Dr. De Stefano or another dermatology professional if your moles show any of the following signs.
Asymmetry — when one half of a mole doesn't match the other half.
Border — when the border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred or irregular.
Color — when the color of the mole is not the same throughout or there are varying shades of tan, brown, black, red or blue in the mole.
Diameter — when the diameter of the mole is larger than the head of a pencil eraser. Sudden appearance of a new mole and changes of existing moles in size, shape or color are also important clues to malignant change.