Taking Action for Your Health: Melanoma could affect other organs
2:30 PM, Mar 18, 2013
1:41 PM, Mar 19, 2013
When you think of melanoma, you may think of skin cancer. But doctors say it can quickly affect other organs.
Melanoma is a malignancy of the cells in the body that produce pigment. They can occur anywhere in the body, but predominantly, they occur in the skin.
Doctors say melanoma is completely curable if found early, but it can be deadly if it spreads.
"If the tumor starts to grow and invade deeper into the tissues and eventually get into the blood supply, it can spread to all of your other organs." says Dr. Robert Drapkin of Florida Cancer Specialists.
He advises to be suspicious of any area that is asymmetrical or not round, has irregular borders. If it has certain colors in it, not just black, if it's bigger than six millimeters, which is about the size of a pencil eraser or if it's changing or evolving.