Skin Cancer, Melanoma
When To Call a Doctor
The most important warning sign for melanoma is a change in size, shape, or color of a mole or other skin growth (such as a birthmark). Call your doctor if you have:
- Any change in a mole, including size, shape, color, soreness, or pain.
- A bleeding mole.
- A discolored area under a fingernail or toenail not caused by an injury.
- A general darkening of the skin unrelated to sun exposure.
Call your doctor immediately if you have been diagnosed with melanoma and:
- You have trouble breathing or swallowing.
- You cough up or spit up blood.
- You have blood in your vomit or bowel movement.
- Your urine or bowel movement is black, and the blackness isn't caused by taking iron or Pepto-Bismol.
Who to see
The following health professionals can help diagnose melanoma:
- Reference Family medicine doctor Opens New Window
- Reference Internist Opens New Window
- Reference Dermatologist Opens New Window
- Reference Nurse practitioner Opens New Window
- Reference Physician assistant Opens New Window
- Reference Pathologist Opens New Window
If further treatment is needed, melanoma can be treated by a dermatologist, surgeon, Reference plastic or reconstructive surgeon Opens New Window, or Reference medical oncologist Opens New Window.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 12, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology