Malignant melanoma is the rarest and most deadly form of skin cancer. It affects the melanocytes (the cells that produce melanin, the skin's pigment) and seems to be more prevalent among city-dwellers than those who work outside. This seeming paradox is because scientific data indicates that episodic sun exposure resulting in burn is linked to melanoma, but constant exposure is not.
Melanoma does not necessarily occur in sun-exposed areas of the body which contributes to the belief that it is linked to brief, intense periods of sun exposure and a history of severe sunburn in childhood or adolescence.
Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that metastasizes easily making it often fatal if not treated early enough. Bear in mind, however, that all statistics of melanoma come from tissue that has been examined after some form of excisional treatment or biopsy. Melanoma becomes more common with increasing age but it still appears in younger people.
A melanoma can develop in any area of the skin or from an existing mole. A typical melanoma appears as a small darkened area of skin similar in appearance to a mole. It is recognizable as being different to a mole in four different ways known as the ABCDE of melanoma: Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, Evolving.
Asymmetry: Most early melanomas are asymmetrical: a line through the middle would not create matching halves. Common moles are round and symmetrical.
Border: The edges of melanomas are often uneven and may have scalloped, notched, or blurred edges. A mole has a smooth, well-defined edge.
The pigmentation of a melanoma is often not uniform, with more than one shade of brown, tan, or black. Moles are usually a single shade of brown
Diameter: A melanoma is usually larger than a mole, continues to grow and is often at least the size of a pencil eraser (about 6mm, or 1/4 inch, in diameter).
Evolving: Change in size, shape and color shade.
Types of Melanoma
Melanomas are described according to their appearance and behavior. Those that start off as flat patches (ie have a horizontal growth phase) include:
- Superficial spreading melanoma (SSM)
- Lentigo malignant melanoma (sun damaged skin of face, scalp and neck)
- Acral lentiginous melanoma (on soles of feet, palms of hands or under the nails – under the nails is called subungual melanoma)
Melanoma skin cancers tend to grow slowly, but at any time, they may begin to thicken or develop a nodule. When this happens they progress to a vertical growth phase.
Melanomas that grow quickly, involving deeper tissues, include:
- Nodular melanoma (presenting as a rapidly enlarging lump)
- Mucosal melanoma (occurring on lips, eyelids, vulva, penis, anus)
- Desmoplastic melanoma (fibrous tumor with a tendency to grow down nerves) Melanoma may present in combinations eg nodular melanoma developing within a wonderful spreading melanoma.
Treatment of Melanoma
Usual protocol for the treatment of melanoma is:
Biopsy to confirm.
Surgical removal with wide margins encompassing healthy tissue to ensure complete removal.
Surgical removal of lymph nodes if their involvement is suspected.
There are natural options. I have used them and seen them used on many people. The natural treatment of melanoma and other skin cancer is viable and effective. I have written a book outlining my experiences of using a herbal paste with bloodroot as one of the main ingredients. I do not sell a product, I merely present the information so that people have a source of information and can be self-informed enough to have the confidence to make their own decision.
From my own experiences and also from seeing the results on other people I can assure you that these herbs work and they work substantially.
I hope the reviewed information as well as the personal experiences in my e-book may be of assistance to anyone searching for natural methods of treatment for skin cancer.
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