At Allegheny Health Network (AHN), you have access to a team of physicians dedicated to lowering your melanoma risk. We specialize in detecting early signs, such as pre-cancerous moles, that are likely to cause cancer.
A visit to the Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Clinic may be right for you if you have one or more melanoma risk factors. Having risk factors means you face a higher risk for a disease, such as skin cancer. Abnormal moles (pigmented lesions) are a common risk factor for melanoma.
Melanoma risk factors include:
Some people face a higher melanoma risk because their natural ability to fight disease (immune system) is weaker.
Situations that may weaken your immune system include:
We are one of few programs in western Pennsylvania with a Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Clinic. You receive care based on your unique needs – which for many people means regular monitoring. Our dermatologists perform detailed evaluations and test suspicious moles so you know your risk and what we can do to help you.
Highlights of our program include:
Typical screenings for melanoma include a careful examination of the surface of your skin. Our dermatologists take this approach one step further by using sophisticated tools and technologies. If we detect signs of melanoma, you receive additional tests or treatments as quickly as possible.
Special screening tests for melanoma include:
The type of care you receive depends on how severe the melanoma is: