One of the most serious forms of skin cancer, melanoma grows and spreads rapidly. Annapolis Dermatology Associates diagnoses and treats approximately 100 to 150 patients with melanoma each year.
Melanoma, when diagnosed and treated early is almost always curable. THE KEY, however, is EARLY DIAGNOSIS. But melanoma, if neglected, is a deadly skin cancer.
Anyone can get melanoma, including dark skinned people. It can occur anywhere on the skin or the nails, even in places not exposed to the sun, such as the eyes, bottoms of the feet, scalp and mucous membranes (mouth and genitals). Melanoma can metastasize, or spread, throughout the body in a relatively short period of time.
Frequently Asked Questions
According to one source, one American dies from melanoma every hour. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old. More than 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths are from melanoma. In addition, more than 5% of melanomas are caused by tanning bed use.
Currently, it is estimated that 10,000 deaths will occur from melanoma annually. In addition, almost double the number of men die yearly as compared to women.
Annapolis Dermatology Associates has extensive experience diagnosing, treating and managing melanoma, and most cases are discovered early and can be surgically treated on an outpatient basis in our surgical suites. Diagnosing and treating patients with early stage melanoma offers a very high cure rate, often approaching 100 percent.
The ABCDE’s of Examining Your Skin
- Asymmetry: Most moles are symmetrical and round. Be on the lookout for those that change shape and become asymmetrical
- Border: Most moles have even borders. Watch out for the moles that are uneven and lumpy around the edges.
- Color: It is normal for moles to be solid brown. Moles that turn different shades of brown or black may indicate the presence of skin cancer.
- Diameter: Most moles are small, about 6mm in diameter. A dermatologist should check any mole larger than the tip of an eraser.
- Evolving: Be aware of new moles, even very small lesions, especially after the age of 25.
Examples of Regular and Irregular Moles
Everyone has moles and/or freckles. Almost all moles are normal and remain so throughout life. A mole or freckle that changes can be the first sign of skin cancer, so it is very important to look for changes in shape, size and color of your moles and freckles.
Skin cancer is among the most preventable forms of cancer. Prevention is as simple as daily protection and early detection, so examine your skin regularly.
If you have…
- a new, suspicious or changing mole
- or if you have had severe sunburns
- or if you have had tanning bed exposure
- or relatives with skin cancer
- or fair skin and light colored eyes schedule an appointment for a skin survey.
…schedule an appointment for a skin survey.
Our skilled staff evaluates your skin using dermoscopy to analyze suspicious moles or lesions.
My experience with Annapolis Dermatology Associates was outstanding!!
As usual, everything at this facility is done in an outstanding and totally professional manner.
Dr. Renfro and the nurses were extremely courteous, informative and professional. They made you feel at ease.
Dr. Renfro and crew – Excellent procedures and bedside manner
Everyone was so nice and reassuring! Dr. Renfro was very nice and treated me like I was her only patient!
Staff is consistently knowledgeable, friendly and courteous. Always a positive experience.
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Consistently superior over the 20+ years I’ve been using this practice. Keep up the great effort.
Many, many years of always top-notch, professional care. Thank you so much!
Jim and staff are great! Beautiful facility.
Beautiful and well-appointed office. I was impressed with every aspect, from the desk staff to the doctor.
Service and assistants’ attentiveness is one of the best I have received in any medical facility I have experienced.
Excellent as always.
The team was very professional. It was a great experience – well done!!!
Christine was an amazing PA.
A fantastic experience.
This is the most professional medical practice I have ever had the pleasure to use. I cannot thank Dr. Renfro enough.
Dr. Renfro was extremely competent.
Kudos to Dr. Renfro and her staff.
Outstanding care by all involved – Dr. Lanuti and staff
EVERYONE is kind, welcoming, attentive and professional.
Best doctor visit in 56 years. Painless and fun.
Jim Heins and your entire staff are awesome! A+ Jim is patient, professional and friendly.
Jim Heins is outstanding. He is friendly, thorough and an excellent P.A. Thanks