There are four main types of melanomas: superficial spreading, lentigo malinga, acral lentiginous and nodular. The first three types discussed here tend to occupy only the top layers of the skin. In some instances, however, they become invasive and spread deeper into the body. The last type of melanoma starts as an invasive cancer. By the time it is detected, it has already gone deeper into the skin and may have spread to other parts of the body. Because all forms of melanoma have the potential to become invasive, it is important that any signs and symptoms of melanoma are reported to your doctor immediately.
The most frequently occurring type of melanoma is superficial spreading melanoma, which accounts for roughly 70% of all cases. This type of melanoma tends to grow outwards on the epidermis, the top layer of skin, rather than growing into the deeper layers of the skin. Superficial spreading melanoma is most common in middle-aged people, but it is also the form of melanoma most frequently diagnosed in young people. In people of all ages….