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How are moles removed to see if they have melanoma?

How are moles removed to see if they have melanoma?

In most cases, a suspicious mole will be surgically removed and closely examined to see whether it’s cancerous. This is known as a biopsy. A biopsy usually involves removing a small tissue sample. But in cases of melanoma, the whole thing is usually removed from the beginning.

Are there any other types of melanoma in the UK?

Other types of melanoma are also summarised below. Around 7 out of 10 (70%) of all melanomas in the UK are superficial spreading melanomas. They’re more common in people with pale skin and freckles, and much less common in darker skinned people. They initially tend to grow outwards rather than downwards, so do not pose a problem.

Which is the fifth most common skin cancer in the UK?

Excluding non-melanoma, melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK. Around 13,500 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year. More than a quarter of skin cancer cases are diagnosed in people under 50, which is unusually early compared with most other types of cancer.

What causes a person to get melanoma skin cancer?

Melanoma is caused by skin cells that begin to develop abnormally. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is thought to cause most melanomas, but there’s evidence to suggest that some may result from sunbed exposure. The type of sun exposure that causes melanoma is sudden intense exposure.

How big of an excision do you need for melanoma?

Wide excision. Thicker tumors need larger margins (both at the edges and in the depth of the excision). The margins can also vary based on where the melanoma is on the body and other factors. For example, if the melanoma is on the face, the margins may be smaller to avoid large scars or other problems.

When do you need surgery for melanoma skin cancer?

When melanoma is diagnosed by skin biopsy, more surgery will probably be needed to help make sure the cancer has been removed (excised) completely. This fairly minor operation will cure most thin melanomas.

How long does it take to remove skin from melanoma?

If cancer cells are seen, the doctor removes another layer of skin. This is repeated until a layer shows no signs of cancer. This is a slow process, often taking several hours, but it means that more normal skin near the tumor can be saved, which can help the area look better after surgery.

In most cases, a suspicious mole will be surgically removed and closely examined to see whether it’s cancerous. This is known as a biopsy. A biopsy usually involves removing a small tissue sample. But in cases of melanoma, the whole thing is usually removed from the beginning.