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Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world. There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Melanoma is cancer in the melanin-forming cells of the skin. It is the rarest (and most serious) of the three skin cancers (basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas). Nearly 79,000 U.S. adults are diagnosed each year. Any changing or distinctly different mole can signal abnormal cell growth. Caught early, it is curable, but can spread quickly.
The best way to find skin cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage is by checking your skin regularly and having a dermatologist perform a focused skin cancer screening.
Spectrum Health offers West Michigan’s only melanoma treatment clinic staffed by a multispecialty team of experts. Patients who have been diagnosed with melanoma can receive a complete evaluation and treatment plan, or a second opinion, in a single visit.