Pictures of Nodular Melanoma

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  • A Type of Melanoma

    A Type of Melanoma

    Each year, more than one million people are diagnosed with skin cancer. Most skin cancer cases can be divided into three main subtypes: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

    Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. While only eight percent of skin cancers diagnosed are melanoma, nearly three-quarters of skin cancer-related deaths are caused by melanoma. That means it causes more deaths than the other two types of skin cancer combined each year. In fact, one person dies from melanoma each hour in America.

    Click through the slideshow to discover what this type of skin cancer looks like.

  • Nodular Melanoma

    Nodular Melanoma

    Melanoma is comprised of five subgroups. One of these subgroups is nodular melanoma. Like all types of melanoma, nodular melanoma develops in the skin cells that create melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color.

    Nodular melanoma is the second most common type of melanoma in America. Fifteen percent of all melanoma cases are this subtype. Nodular melanoma is the most aggressive form of melanoma, reports the Skin Cancer Foundation.

  • A Raised Area

    A Raised Area

    Most skin cancer screening pamphlets tell you to check for the ABCD symptoms of skin cancer:

    • Asymmetry
    • Border
    • Color
    • Diameter

    This quick acronym helps you remember how skin cancer lesions and moles can change. However, a fifth letter, E, can help you detect nodular melanoma and some other types of melanoma.

    “E,” which stands for “elevation,” indicates that some skin cancers begin as bumps or thick spots on your skin. As its name suggests, a nodule, or a dome-shaped growth on the skin, is the primary characteristic of nodular melanoma.

  • Rapid Growth

    Rapid Growth

    Nodular melanomas typically grow very quickly, so the letter “E” in the skin cancer-screening acronym could also stand for “evolution.”

    New freckles or moles typically develop and stop growing within a few weeks. New developments that continue to grow after two or three weeks, however, may be melanoma. How quickly a nodule grows, or evolves, may be indicative of its diagnosis.

  • Color

    Color

    The color of the questionable spot may tell you if it’s an area of concern, or just a benign mole. Most nodular melanomas will appear as a blackish-blue or reddish-blue bump. However, some nodules have no color or are flesh-toned.

    The flesh-toned nodules are called amelanotic nodules. These melanoma spots appear as the same color as the surrounding skin because the nodule lacks pigment. Amelanotic nodules occur in about five percent of nodular melanoma cases.

  • Growth Site

    Growth Site

    The most common growth sites for nodular melanoma are the neck, head, and the trunk of the body. Unlike some other types of skin cancer, nodular melanomas typically begin as a new growth, rather than developing within a pre-existing mole.

    Internally, these cancers can begin to spread in as little as three months. Nodular melanoma can quickly jump to advanced stages. That is part of what makes this type of skin cancer so deadly. Advanced stages of modular melanoma are difficult to successfully treat.

  • Firm, Not Flabby

    Firm, Not Flabby

    Moles and birthmarks that rise above the skin are typically limp or give easily when pressed. Nodular melanomas are not. Instead, these melanoma sites are often very firm to the touch, not giving or moving when pressured with a finger.

    Press the site that concerns you with your finger. If you feel it give with your push, you’re likely looking at a benign mole. If you feel a hard knot, ask your doctor to look at the growth.

  • Prevent Skin Cancer

    Prevent Skin Cancer

    Follow these preventative measures and avoid all types of deadly melanoma:

    • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun-protective factor (SPF) of 15 or higher whenever you’re outside.
    • Reapply your sunscreen every two hours, especially if you’re swimming or sweating.
    • Protect your lips with SPF-rated lip products.
    • Avoid direct sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. every day.
    • Seek shade and protection from the sun when possible.
    • Wear sun-protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and long-sleeve shirts, and long pants when outside.

  • Beating Melanoma

    Beating Melanoma

    Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. Each year, more than 8,000 people die from it, according to the Cleveland Clinic. The best way to beat melanoma is to detect it early and begin treatment as quickly as possible.

    In fact, if melanoma is found, diagnosed, and treated before it begins to spread, the five-year survival rate is 91 percent. Make an appointment with your doctor for a regular skin cancer screening each year. Early detection is the best life-saver if you have melanoma.

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