Today’s #MelanomaMonday covers acral-lentiginous melanoma, or ALM.
Unlike most skin cancers, ALM is not strongly linked to sun exposure. It occurs on the palms and soles or around the nails, and typically presents as a brown or black spot with color variation and irregular borders.
ALM is a color-blind skin cancer. It disproportionately affects African Americans and Asians (accounting for ~70% and ~45% of melanoma diagnoses among these groups, respectively). Unfortunately, ALM is easy to miss, resulting in many cases discovered at an advanced or late stage.
They are commonly mistaken for trauma, which can lead to critical delays in treatment.
Don't ignore something new or changing, and get yourself checked by a board-certified dermatologist.
Happy Monday! 💓 I hope everyone’s week is off to an amazing start. It’s been a little while since I posted on melanoma— the entire reason I started this account was to spread the word and educate everyone on the importance of checking your skin over and catching this cancer early... so time for a refresher! 😍 So important to understand these few things: 1. Melanoma can happen ANYWHERE on the body (including scalp, palms, soles, mouth, eyes, genitals, and under the nails) 💓 2. It is usually JUST A SPOT when it starts- it may not be raised, it usually doesnt bleed, it usually doesn’t itch- these symptoms develop later and we want to catch it early! 👍 💓 3. It isn’t always sun induced and can happen to any skin color or type and can happen at any age. (Neonates to 100+- it can happen). 💓 4. It can be any color, including pink- remember... pink is the new black as far as melanoma goes. 💓 so please check yourself. Please pay attention to your skin! And watch out for others too. Happy week!! 😍
Spent the evening with our @wellavedermatology team and Castle Biosciences learning all about a whole new way to diagnose and treat Melanomas. Very exciting things to come, we cannot wait to share them with our patients 💓 .
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While melanoma is not the most common form of skin cancer, it causes the most deaths. Learn more about the risk factors and warning signs by clicking the link in our profile or visiting SkinCancer.org/melanoma. #MelanomaMonday#melanoma#skincancer#castlebiosciences#dermatology#skincare#beauty
Its #melanomamonday and we are here to talk about tanning beds!
Indoor Tanning: It’s worse than you think!
We already know that the extra UV exposure from indoor tanning increases your risk of skin cancer. New research now show that melanoma patients who had previously used indoor tanning had a much higher risk of developing a second melanoma and developed that second melanoma sooner than others. Approximately 65% of patients exposed to artificial UV (tanning beds) were diagnosed with a second primary melanoma within 1 year of the first diagnosis, compared with 28% of non-tanners. The median time to diagnosis of second primary melanoma in tanners vs non-tanners was 225 days vs 3.5 years, respectively. So avoid those tanning beds even if they try and tell you its safe, the effects may come back to haunt you years latter. #Repost @ralphmasseymd #skincancer#skincancersucks#dermatologyconsultants#saynototanning#tanningbeds#sunprotection#protectyourselfie#sunscreenalways#loveyourskin#dermatology#melanoma#melanomaawareness
Here are some sobering statistics from American Cancer Society on #melanoma this morning. It's important to be aware of the seriousness of this #skincancer and to take preventive measures to protect yourself and your family. #MelanomaMonday
It’s #melanomamonday and here’s a great question we get all the time! As the leaves change people wonder, do you really need to wear sunscreen and protection during the fall & winter season? 🤔 Comment below 👇 with your guess, and check out our insta-stories for the answer!
We've diagnosed 2,744 cases of #skincancer since 2017. Early dectection is the best method. Have you had an annual skin exam this year? Call us at 704-235-1827 to schedule yours today! #MelanomaMonday#MooresvilleDerm
Today I got reports confirming three separate melanoma diagnoses. 😱😱😱 This graphic from @aadskin1 reviews the ABCDEs of melanoma monitoring. This is so important!!! Please make sure to take a few minutes once a month to check yourself over. You can get skin cancer ANYWHERE you have skin. It does NOT have to be on a sun exposed area. Get a full skin check with a board certified dermatologist. Help your partner or friend or family member check their back, scalp and feet regularly. Swipe right to see a couple examples of early stage melanomas from my clinic. Melanoma is easily treatable if detected early, as these were.
Happy Monday 💓 Here is a scary statistic: the overall lifetime risk of all melanoma (including stage 0 melanoma or melanoma in situ) is 1/24 😳. The overall lifetime risk of invasive melanoma is 1/47 😳. On the American Cancer Society website it is listed broken down by ethnicity and noted that “in white patients: 1/38, in Hispanic patients: 1/172 and in African American patients: 1/1000”. Ok so this is a lot of numbers/statistics and depending on where you read they may be off a few in either direction- but the bottom line is that MELANOMA IS COMMON. 😬 I think about these numbers all day long. I see around 25-30 patients on any given day and I am constantly thinking- that means roughly 1 of the patients I see each day is going to develop a melanoma during their lifetime— which is why it is so important to educate people on what to look for. Any spot that is changing, looks different from the others, stands out to you or catches your attention- get it checked! Remember melanoma can be anywhere (even where the sun doesn’t shine 😉) and it can be smooth and flat. Pay attention to your skin! 😘
💓 Words of wisdom on Saturday morning. 💓 A very dear patient of mine passed away recently. He was an amazing person- lived a life of true service to others and always had the brightest, most genuine smile on his face. I looked so forward to his and his wife’s appointments- they always started with a big hug and discussions of how life was going. A newly retired physician himself, he always had pearls of wisdom for me. He was one of the kindest people I have ever met and it was such an honor to be his dermatologist. He embodied John Wesley’s words- his obituary even contained them. While he was battling metastatic melanoma, his biggest concerns were loving his wife, being with family and volunteering to help those less fortunate- he was very active in the community and always serving others- he never complained or seemed to worry about himself... he was a role model for everyone who knew him and I am so sad he is gone. ❤️
See that little mole on this patient’s leg? That was a melanoma. She was surprised when I told her it needed a biopsy — she hadn’t ever even noticed it.
I found two melanomas on patients last week, so this diagnosis is really on my mind. Did you know that one person dies from melanoma every minute? I say this not to totally freak you out, but to point out that this is serious stuff!
Melanomas come in all shapes and sizes, so dermatologists look at a variety of features when evaluating nevi (aka moles). If you zoom in, you can see that this one had two different colors, and it also looked irregular under dermoscopy (using a special magnifier for the skin), prompting me to remove it.
Obviously most people don’t run around carrying a dermatoscope, so the ABCDE rules of melanoma are a helpful starting point when looking at nevi:
A - Asymmetry (one half of the mole doesn’t match the other)
B - Border (irregular border)
C - Color (more than one color)
D - Diameter (greater than the size of a pencil eraser)
E - Evolving (changes in size, color, shape)
Of course, lots of moles have some of these features and are completely benign. If you have any that you think might be concerning, though, it is a good idea to see a #boardcertified dermatologist for a skin exam. In addition, if you have a first-degree relative with melanoma, a history of severe sunburns or indoor tanning, or a lot of moles, then you should also get checked.
Guess what? It’s #MelanomaMonday , and we’re here to remind you to check your skin if it’s been a while! 🔍
Get yourself in front of a mirror and take a close look at all of your moles (and have someone else look at your back). 👀
While examining your skin, remember the ABCDEs of melanoma: Asymmetry, Borders, Color, Diameter, and Evolution. (Swipe for ABCDE chart) If anything concerns you, don’t hesitate to call us. 👩🏼⚕️ Also, remember to practice sun safety (SPF 30+ sunscreen, seek shade during peak sun, wear a wide brim hat). ☀️
We all know someone who has been affected by this condition. It’s time to put a stop to melanoma! 🛑
Today is #MelanomaMonday , have you had your annual skin check yet? Get yourself in front of a mirror and take a close look 👀 at all of your moles. ◽️
While examining your skin, remember the ABCDE's of skin cancer: Asymmetry, Boarders, Color, Diameter and Evolution. If you see anything of concern, its time to call your dermatologist! ◽️
When caught early, melanoma is curable! Make sun-smart decisions (like SPF every single day) and visit a dermatologist for your 📆 annual screening. #skincancer#skincheck#melanomaawareness#melanoma#atlantaskincare#atlantaskincancerspecialists
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Melanoma is one of the scariest skin cancers we treat in dermatology. I recently had a patient who was diagnosed with large, deep melanoma on the arm. By the time he came to dermatology, melanoma had already spread to several locations in his body. He died 3 months later of complications from metastatic melanoma. Don’t let this be you! See some tips below!.
1. NO tanning beds!!! — reference article in the last pic! @cbsnews .
2. Wear your sunscreen!! See my last post on SPF AND checkout my highlights for SPF recs .
3. Look into your family history — melanoma can run in families ! If positive, see your local dermatologist for a full body skin check! .
4. Remember that just because you are brown skinned, you are not exempt from melanoma. As @brownskinderm pointed out, acral lentiginous melanoma is a REAL risk for darker skinned patients. Swipe to see examples, what to look for, and check out her post!!
5. If any spot on your skin is getting darker, changing, growing, new, or you just have a lot of moles, schedule a mole check with your local dermatologist!! Don’t take a risk with your skin!!.
Remember you can be a #skincancerhero
6 more sleeps until we walk for awareness! Please sign up for Strides for Melanoma 2018, taking place this Sunday September 23rd at Queen Elizabeth Park! The money we raise goes directly to patient care for education, support and clinical trials. Just think how you would want someone to be there for you... It's HALF of us now who will be diagnosed with a form of Cancer in our lives.
Melanoma Monday..... This was a nasty ugly melanoma.... This should be OBVIOUS to anyone that this is not a normal looking mole! This image through my dermatoscope shows so much.... Pigment streaking, irregular blotches, globules, thickened network ....
Look out for the ABCDEs of melanoma :
A: asymmetry ( one half doesn't look like the other)
B: border ( irregular or jagged border
C: color ( more than 1 color, jet black or red)
D: diameter ( bigger than 6 mm or a pencil eraser )
E: evolution ( changing, bleeding , itching , growing)
1 in 5 Americans will develop #skincancer . Let us help you with prevention and early detection with an annual skin cancer screening. Call us today at 704-235-1827 to schedule yours. #MelanomaMonday#MooresvilleDerm