PODIATRIST DISCUSSES MALIGNANT MELANOMA
posted: Oct. 27, 2023.
According to Conway McLean, DPM, "Malignant melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, although thankfully it is not the most common. The appearance of a skin cancer can and does vary greatly. Certainly, some changes should raise the alarm. For example, when a spot of skin has different colors. Another is the development of varied textures or some prominence. Typically mentioned is one that’s changing or is visibly irregular in contour."
|Dr. Conway McLean|
"The clear and obvious next step is a biopsy. Everyone has their favorite technique but, somehow, tissue must be obtained. A punch biopsy, using a sharp-edged tube, is one of the favorites of clinicians and pathologists alike. Tests allow us to identify cancerous cells with great accuracy. A biopsy, the procurement of a specimen from some structure, is a practice considered the standard of care for many decades," says Dr. McLean.
Source: Marquette Mining Journal [10/17/23]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News