Melanoma-in-situ is skin cancer in the very early stages, when it affects only the top layers of skin and has not spread deeper into the body. When cancer is diagnosed at this early stage, it means that it is less likely to recur or spread to other parts of the body.
A person is at risk for developing melanoma-in-situ if:
Although having fair or white skin is a risk factor for melanoma, anyone can have melanoma, including those with dark skin. Melanoma can also occur anywhere on the body.
The treatment for melanoma-in-situ is an outpatient procedure, performed in a medical dermatology office, in which the melanoma is cut out of the skin. Doctors refer to this procedure as resecting or excising. Contact any one of our Orange County dermatology offices to learn more about our treatment for melanoma-in-situ and other types of skin cancer.