Robin Fleck, M.D.  928-778-7000  Board Certified Dermatologist

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Melanoma Detection

Malignant melanoma is one of the most deadly of all skin cancers. It can develop in a pre existing mole or arise on normal skin. Most melanomas occur on the trunk or extremities, not on the face or hands which are more sun-exposed.   Melanoma is suspected in lesions that are enlarging, asymmetrical with irregular borders, and darkly or irregularly pigmented. A biopsy of any suspected melanoma should be performed without delay since surgical removal of this type of cancer can result in a cure if done on an early lesion.   Annual skin cancer screening by a dermatologist and monthly self checkups are the best way to diagnose melanoma early enough to save a life.