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What You Need to Know About Amelanotic Melanoma

Amelanotic melanoma is a type of skin cancer with a relatively high death rate because it tends to go unnoticed for a longer time. That’s why you need to understand some basic knowledge about it. Let’s discuss it in detail. 

What You Need to Know About Amelanotic Melanoma

As its name indicates, amelanotic melanoma lacks melanin pigment. So it appears pinkish or reddish in color. Like many other melanomas, they appear as small skin growth that looks like a skin scar or a healing pimple. They might also look like a reddish mole. If you see any such growth, make sure you keep an eye on it. If it does not behave like regular acne, consider paying a visit to your physician despite its appearance.

What You Need to Know About Amelanotic Melanoma

Like many other melanomas, amelanotic melanomas are also caused by excessive sun exposure. Such situations are difficult to notice in individuals with several moles. But ironically, they belong to a high-risk group. However, the risk increases if you have fair skin, have a family history, or previously suffered from any other melanoma. If treatment is started at the initial level of cancer development, it increases the chances of survival. Early stages might need growth removal only; however, if cancer has already spread to other body parts, the patient might need more aggressive treatment.

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About the Author: Dr. Iqra Mubashar is a registered Pharmacist originally from Lahore, Pakistan. She has earned her pharmacy degree from the University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore. She has completed her internship as a trainee from Children hospital, Lahore. She has completed her research work in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutics. She has worked as a healthcare documentation head in Al-Qasim enterprises, Islamabad. She has specialized in prescription handling, drugs information, literature research, patient counseling, and pharmaceutical care planning. Her research work on coronavirus is under publication.


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