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Nicholas A. Benner, DO
Erin M. Finneran, PA-C
Alison Himes, DO
Mary Jo Jacobson Kendrick, MD
C. Ryan Kirkland, MD
Caitlin Lavilla, PA-C
Kimberly Radloff, MD
Koriann Reed, MD
Kara Roche, PA-C
Shannon C. Trotter, DO, FAOCD, FAAD
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Canal Winchester
Grove City
Urbana Office
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Conditions Acne
Actinic Keratosis
Angiomas and Hemangiomas
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
Hair Loss & Alopecia
Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
Skin Cancer
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Treatments & Procedures Biologics & Topical Medications
Excisions & Biopsies
Full Body Exam
Mohs Surgery
Mole Removal
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
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Conditions Acne
Brown Spots and Discoloration
Crows Feet
Enlarged Pores
Lines and Wrinkles
Skin Pigmentation
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Treatments & Procedures Botox® & Dysport®
CO2 Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
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Melanoma is a serious and dangerous form of skin cancer that develops due to damaged DNA in melanocytes — pigment-producing cells. It is usually caused by overexposure to UV light.

What is it?

Melanoma is a serious skin cancer that originates in the melanocyte cells — the cells responsible for skin pigmentation. The DNA in melanocytes can be damaged by excessive exposure to ultraviolet light, including sunlight, tanning beds, and sun lamps. Over the course of time, this damage can lead to mutations and potentially skin cancer. The ability of melanoma to rapidly spread to other parts of the body if undetected early underlines the importance of early detection.

Apart from your annual skin inspection with a board-certified practitioner at our dermatology clinic, you can conduct regular self-examinations using the ABCDE technique. If you notice a spot or mole with the following characteristics, consult a dermatologist immediately:

  • A - Asymmetry in shape

  • B - Irregular borders

  • C - Color variations from one area to another

  • D - Diameter larger than that of a pencil eraser

  • E - Evolution in size, shape, or color since your last check-up

You can reduce your chances of developing melanoma by limiting sun exposure and safeguarding your skin from UV rays. Remember, even though sunbathing can be enjoyable, it can also cause damage to your skin. Sun damage can accumulate throughout the year, even during the colder winter months, so always apply SPF 30+ sunscreen and limit your exposure to harmful rays.

How is it treated?

If you notice a questionable mole or mark, don't hesitate to set up an appointment with one of our skin cancer specialists in Dublin, Columbus, Canal Winchester, Urbana, Circleville, Washington Courthouse, Grove City and Marysville, Ohio. Our board-certified dermatologists are skilled in performing in-office skin biopsies to examine suspicious spots. Your tissue sample will be forwarded to a dermapathologist to assess if it contains cancer cells. Treatment for melanoma varies depending on the type of melanoma and the stage of the disease - 0, I, II, III, or IV. Regardless of your stage, our medical practice is prepared to deliver expert, empathetic care.

Our team boasts specialized training and certification in a wide range of melanoma treatments, including surgical excision, Mohs surgery, immunotherapy, targeted drug therapy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. As members of the DOCS Dermatology Group, our team also has access to groundbreaking clinical trials for cancers that show less responsiveness to conventional treatment.

We would love to get started on a solution that perfectly fits your needs.