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Melanoma

Santa Monica Dermatology Online Appintmnets
To encourage early detection of skin cancer and healthy skin care, office visit is only $ 95
(Cash Patients Only Please; PPO, Medicare, Regal HMO, are welcome)

Melanoma is the most lethal type of skin cancer. Melanoma mainly
affects middle-aged and young individuals, particularly fair skin types.
It is the second most common malignancy in males between the ages of 30
to 49 and the fourth most common malignancy in males between the ages
of 50 to 59. About thirty percent of melanomas arise from prior moles
while seventy percent of melanomas arise in normal skin and not from
pre-existing moles.

Based upon the 2009 American Cancer Society statistics, there were
121,840 new cases of melanomas and 8,650 deaths. This means that 19
Americans die of melanoma every day, which is almost one person per
hour.

Melanoma is increased in patients with a family history of melanoma,
history of atypical (dysplastic) moles, numerous moles (greater than
50), red hair individuals, individuals with fair skin types and history
of several sunburns.

ABCs of skin cancer is a mnemonic device that has been introduced to
make people aware of the danger signs of melanomas. These are listed
below. For a rack card with the ABCs of skin cancer, please call our
office for more information.

Routine skin examination is important every 6 to 12 months, depending
on family and personal history. Dr. Behnam performs a comprehensive
thorough skin examination checking every inch of the body using the
latest magnifiers and dermoscopic devices that allow for better
visualization, identification and detection of abnormal moles.

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