Melanoma (Skin Cancer)

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Overview

Skin cancers include melanoma, basal cell, and squamous cell. Basal and squamous cell are common and treatment is very effective. Malignant melanoma can be difficult to treat. Early diagnosis and treatment can increase the survival rate from melanoma.

Overview & Facts

Melanoma starts in skin cells called melanocytes and can spread throughout the body. Learn more about melanoma’s causes, risk factors, and prevention.

What Is Melanoma?

From symptoms to treatment to prevention, get the basics on skin cancer from the experts at WebMD.

Learn how melanoma starts and develops.


Read about four causes of melanoma.

Skin cancer is often or usually caused by years of too much sun exposure. More than 90% of all skin cancers are found on body parts that get the most sun most of the time.

Symptoms & Types

Your skin is one of your biggest organs, and it’s also your biggest clue about melanoma. Do you know what to look for? Learn about melanoma symptoms.


If you are in a high-risk group for skin cancer or have ever been treated for some form of the disease, you should familiarize yourself with how skin cancers look.


There are three major types of skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma.

Read more about squamous cell carcinoma and how it is treated.

Find out more about metastatic melanoma.

Treatment & Care
Melanoma is a serious illness, like all cancers. But it can often be treated, especially in its earliest stages. Find out what to expect from melanoma treatment and care.

Treatment Overview
Surgery to remove melanoma is a key part of treatment. And sometimes radiation is used. Learn more here.

Home Treatment
After you’ve had melanoma, there’s a lot you can do to protect your skin. Read seven tips.

Read about interferon and other medications for melanoma.

Learn about the two most common types of surgery used to treat melanoma.

Other Treatment
Read about radiation therapy and complementary therapies for melanoma.

Living & Managing

Wondering how to handle life with melanoma or treat side effects such as fatigue, pain, and nausea? Learn how to take care of yourself day by day.

Living & Coping

Find out how chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting can be treated.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, or so the saying goes. So brush up on ways to avoid ultraviolet radiation to help prevent skin cancer.

Are you newly diagnosed with melanoma? You may want to ask your doctor these 10 questions about your disease.


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