What is Lentiginous Melanoma of The Skin?
Lentiginous melanoma is a slowly growing type of skin cancer that arises from skin cells that produce pigments and usually develop in sun-damaged areas of the skin. The most commonly affected sites are the trunk, legs, and arms.
Disease Etiology (Causes)
There is no well-known cause, but a strong association has been found between sun damage to the skin and the development of lentiginous melanoma. As such, it is commonly seen in outdoor workers, the elderly, and people with fair skin.
Signs and Symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Irregular shape lesion of brown, dark brown, pink, red, or white color
- Bleeding from the tumor site
- Ulceration (breakage of skin) of the tumor or the affected surface
The following diagnostic techniques and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis these are
- Diagnostic imaging techniques such as USG, CT-scan, MRI, and PET scan can be used to detect the site, size, and extent of the tumor.
- Skin biopsy
Surgical resection (surgical removal of the tumor part of the skin along with the removal of some surrounding healthy tissues) of the tumor and radiation therapy are the main treatment options.
What Support can we Give for Lentiginous Melanoma of The Skin?
Lentiginous Melanoma of The Skin is a rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Lentiginous Melanoma of The Skin we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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