Malignant melanoma skin cancer


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It starts with the skin

The skin protects the body for injury and from the sun. The skin protects from temperature and regulates fluid intake and output.  The skin is the bodies largest organ and its first line of defense against invading parasites, diseases and aliments. The skin is divided into layers. The outer most is known as the epidermis. The next layer is known as the dermis. The final layer is known as the hypo dermis. Each layer of skin has a different function.

The Two Types of Tumors

There are two types of tumors. Malignant and Benign. Benign tumors are harmless, but however Malignant is not.

What are Malignant tumors

Malignant tumors are dangerous. Malignant tumors in some cases life threatening. Malignant tumors are cancerous and if removed may grow back. Malignant tumors damage and sometimes spread and  infect nearby cells. They can invade other organs and can enter into the bloodstream or the lymphatic system. The spread of cancer is called metastasis. Depending on the type of cancer determines to what body parts the malignant cancer can spread.

What is Melanoma skin cancer?

Melanoma skin cancer is when the pigment area of the cells,  melanocytes become infested with cancer. Melanoma can produce dark black spots that sometimes can be misinterpreted for liver spots.

What causes Malignant Melanoma Skin Cancer?
The most common cause of skin cancer is susceptibility to the suns Ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are two types of Ultraviolet rays, Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB). Some of the risk factors include blond or red hair, skin that freckles, light skin. In the case of Skin cancer the darker your skin, the more easily you tan and the less easily you burn, the more likely that you will not catch skin cancer.  Other causes of Malignant melanoma skin cancer include family history. If your mother, father, brother, sister and grand parents all have skin cancer, there is a good likely hood that you too will catch skin cancer.

The ways to treat Malignant Melanoma Skin Cancer

There are four different ways that you can treat Malignant Melanoma Skin Cancer. The treatments being surgery ,biological therapy ,chemotherapy  and radiation therapy.


Surgery is the most common way to remove malignant melanoma skin cancer.  The size of the operation depends upon how deep the tumor goes and how devolved the tumor is.

Biological therapy

Biological therapy is a type of treatment that works with your immune system. It can fight cancer or help control side effects (how your body reacts to the drugs you are taking) from other cancer treatments like chemotherapy.


Chemotherapy is the use of chemical substances to treat disease. It refers to cytotoxic drugs used to treat cancer or the combination of these drugs into a standardized treatment.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy is the use of special energy to destroy and control tumors. Radiotherapy may be used for curative or adjutant cancer treatment.

See Also

Malignant melanoma skin cancer
What is melanoma skin cancer
Alternative medicine
Causes and risk factors
Tests diagnosis
Nonmelanoma skin cancer
Melenoma skin cancer
Melinoma skin cancer
Non melanoma skin cancer

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