Melanoma makes up less than one percent of the total cancer cases documented in the US, but it’s still the fifth most common cancer among men and sixth most common cancer amongst women. What’s disturbing is that while melanoma cancer makes up just 1% of cancer cases in the US, it results in the most deaths for skin cancer. Also, the number of melanoma cancer in patients has risen over the past three decades, which is why it’s important to know more about this type of cancer and how it affects the body.

Understanding Melanoma

The skin is the largest organ of the human body, which means it is always exposed to external elements. While the body needs sunlight for the production of Vitamin D, overexposure to the sun can lead to Melanoma. While it is less common when compared to squamous cell skin cancer or basal cell skin cancer, it is considered to be more dangerous since it is more likely to spread throughout the body. It can develop on any part of the skin with the chest, back, neck and face being the most common sites for melanoma.

Symptoms of Melanoma

While the early stages of melanoma may not give any symptoms, any changes in the appearance of the skin can be seen as a possible indicator of melanoma. That said, there are a few symptoms which are normally used as indicators of melanoma, such as:

  • Spot or sore that becomes painful, itchy, tender, or bleeds
  • Spot or lump that looks shiny, waxy, smooth, or pale
  • Skin sore that fails to heal
  • A change in color, shape, or size of a current spot or mole
  • A flat, red spot that is rough, dry, or scaly
  • A firm red lump that bleeds or appears ulcerated or crusty

Causes of Melanoma

Research is currently underway for the causes of melanoma but people who have been diagnosed with some form of skin cancer are more at risk of developing melanoma along with other factors such as:

  • A high number of moles
  • High freckle Density
  • Pale skin
  • High sun exposure
  • Red hair
  • Getting an organ transplant
  • Small gray-brown spots also known as liver spots
  • A family history of melanoma

How Melanoma Cancer Forms

Melanoma affects the skin by producing changes in existing moles. This is why any changes to the appearance of the skin should be further examined by a doctor. Repeated overexposure to the sun is the major avoidable risk factor for melanoma.

Complications of Melanoma

Doctors usually are more concerned about lesions on the skin that stand out. The following are called the ABCs of melanoma appearance:

  • Asymmetric shape: While normal moles are round and symmetrical, a cancerous mole is not symmetrical.
  • Border: The border of a cancerous mole is likely to be irregular, ragged and blurred.
  • Color: Melanoma tend to have uneven colors and shades rather than one solid color. The color may vary from black and brown to tan, white and even blue pigmentation.
  • Evolution: A sudden change in a mole’s appearance can be a sign of melanoma or another form of skin cancer.

What You Can Naturally Do About Melanoma

You’re body is designed to be well if you put forth the effort and you must have enough life left in your body to accept the good things you’re putting into it.  If you’re one of the lucky people and you are stage-1 or stage-2 you a lot more options.

Experts recommend the following:

If you are stage-3 or stage-4

It’s highly advised that you don’t try to play your own doctor. You really need a skilled physician that knows how to handle your situation. Check out our amazing stage-4 survival story that inspired this website, and get a recommendation to the best natural cancer clinic on the planet.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”  ~The Bible, Hosea 4:6

God bless you and your family.

Peggy Sue, and family


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