Learning Resources

Melanoma is less common than some other types of skin cancer, but it is more likely to grow and spread. If you have melanoma or are close to someone who does, knowing what to expect can help you cope. Here you can find out all about melanoma, including risk factors, symptoms, how it is found, and how it is treated.

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Melanoma is more aggressive than most other types of skin cancer. If it isn’t diagnosed early, it is likely to invade nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body. The number of cases of melanoma is increasing each year. Only 2 percent of all skin cancers are melanoma, but it causes most deaths from skin cancer.

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Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Often the first sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape, color, or feel of a mole. Most melanomas have a black or black-blue area. Melanoma may also appear as a new mole. It may be black, abnormal, or “ugly looking.”

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Find out how melanoma is diagnosed, treated and how it might affect you.

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The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes is here so that no one has to face cancer alone. We’re a local organization, serving individuals in and around Tompkins County, NY. We began in 1994 as the Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance, but later expanded our mission to serve women and men with all types of cancer.

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