Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer that arises from the pigment cells of the skin known as melanocytes. Melanomas can arise from moles. Moles can over time undergo DNA damage and become melanomas. Everyone is at some risk for melanoma, even dark-skinned individuals. Factors such as sun exposure, multiple moles or family history of melanoma increase the risk of developing melanoma. Look for the ABCDEs of melanoma, and if you see any then make an appointment with us immediately.
ABCDE’s of Melanoma:
Asymmetry: If you draw a line through this mole, the two halves will not match, meaning it is asymmetrical; a warning sign for melanoma.
Border: The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven. The edges may be scalloped or notched.
Color: Having a variety of colors (a number of different shades of brown, tan, black or red) is another warning signal.
Diameter: Melanomas usually are larger in diameter than the size of the eraser on your pencil.
Evolving: Any change – in size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, and itching.
Melanoma skin cancer can be fatal and requires immediate attention. If detected early, it’s very treatable. Please schedule your skin cancer check.
Book an Appointment
Health & Beauty News
UNDERSTANDING VIRAL INFECTIONS 101 Long before we knew about the COVID-19 virus, we had to protect ourselves and our patients from other lethal viral infections. We hardly ever think of HIV or Hepatitis C anymore. There was a time when these viral infections consumed...read more
Treatment for Urinary Incontinence Santa Monica Incontinence is a problem that affects both men and women, especially as they approach middle age and their golden years. Over time, the tissues of the body, including muscle tissue, lose their elasticity. This can lead...read more
Are you tired of wearing light pads and feeling embarrassed? Have you refrained from intimate life in the last months out of fear of insecurity? Are you interested in non-surgical treatment for incontinence? Over 200 million people worldwide are affected by...read more
What our patients are saying:
I had rosacea that caused redness and broken vessels on my face. Dr. Kormeili addressed all of my concerns and set about fixing the redness. I was super excited after my first laser treatment as the improvement was immediately noticeable. The second laser treatment made me look and feel amazing…
I had really bad psoriasis on my scalp that flaked all over my clothes, and it was so embarrassing to sit on board meetings in a black suite with white flakes. My entire attention was on my flakes, and worried what people were thinking when they looked at me, or got close to me at work…
Dr. Kormeili is the BEST!! I have a horrible phobia of needles and she calmed my nerves and had an extremely gentle touch. Painless office visit!
Join our Insider Health & Beauty Information News
SANTA MONICA | LOS ANGELES
2811 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 640
Santa Monica, CA 90403