The sun and its rays of light are impossible to dodge forever, no matter how much sunscreen or shade you cover yourself with. While sunlight exposure is essential for a variety of biological and physiological processes within the body, it also carries with it dangerous radiation waves in the form of long UVA (ultraviolet A) and shorter UVB (ultraviolet B) rays.
With excessive sun exposure, melanoma clearwater fl screening and diagnostic testing should be performed. This is particularly true for people who live in places with longer days and stronger sun exposure, and for those who have family history of melanoma or other cancers.
What is melanoma?
More precisely, malignant melanoma, is a type of skin cancer that affects the cells (melanocytes) of the body that are responsible for providing the skin with colored pigments. From the world malignant, melanoma is a potentially deadly type of cancer.
Melanomas that are visible on the skin may start off as innocent, benign moles (melanocytic nevus). As a benign neoplasm, moles are harmless and may even be desired in certain places. However, periodic checking of a mole is necessary to ensure that the mole is not undergoing a shift to malignancy.
Once a melanoma forms, the patient should periodically check the size, shape, color, diameter, and border outline of what may or may not be a mole. If the mole gets significantly larger in size and diameter over time, has an irregular shape or colored border, or causes pain at any time, there is a possibility that the mole is actually a malignant melanoma.
Primary causes of melanoma formation
The transformation of normal melanocytes and benign melanocytic neoplasms into malignant melanoma is primarily caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays. Another major factor of the cause of any cancer is the family history.