5. Is melanoma dangerous and what should I do if I think I might have it?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that is fairly uncommon.  It certainly can be more life threatening than most skin cancers, but like many cancers, if caught at an early stage, it can be curative.  Appropriate surgical treatment of melanoma often involves sampling of lymph nodes near the area and is best managed by a Surgical Oncologist.  If you think you may have a melanoma, you should have this evaluated by a dermatologist or a surgeon.