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BY Cynthia DeMarco

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that occurs in melanocytes, the cells that carry pigment.

But are there different types? How is it usually treated? And are there any new therapies available?

We checked in with melanoma specialist Isabella Glitza Oliva, M.D., Ph.D., for answers to these questions and more. Here’s what she had to say.

What are the different types of melanoma?

The vast majority of cases occur...

Graphic of stylized doctor examining growth on woman's face

BY Heather Alexander

Almost everyone has at least one mole, and you may already regularly check your moles for signs of change.

That’s a good idea since...

BY Danielle Underferth

If you have dark skin, you may think you have natural protection from sunburns, sun damage and skin cancer. But the relationship between skin...

BY Mark Zindler

I was a real sun-worshipper growing up, so I spent a lot of time at the beach. Galveston Island is only an hour away from my hometown of Houston. And I was in a surfing club as a teenager that went all up and down the Texas coast. Back then, sunscreen wasn’t really a thing. So, I got a lot of bad sunburns.

That didn’t become an issue until my early 40s. I developed a little itchy spot on the crown of my head. The dermatologist...

Stage IV melanoma survivor Mark Zindler

BY Tara Kirk

When I was 6 years old, my mother died from cancer. She was only 35, and at the time, her death came as a shock to everyone in our family....

BY Devon Carter

At increased risk for skin cancer? You may need regular skin cancer screening exams. These screening exams help find skin cancer early, when...

BY Rachel Cruz

There are plenty of things that I'm supposed to do for my health that I skip (like that overdue vision exam), but a skin exam isn't one of...

BY Amanda Woodward

As a melanoma survivor, I know how important it is to find the right dermatologist. After all, I've spent my fair share of time doing just...

BY Laura Nathan-Garner

Houstonian Beth Williams didn't come to MD Anderson when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in her mid-30s. But when she received a colon...

BY Robert Matney

In April 2013, a mole on my right shoulder began to itch. I thought little of it, but a week later, I noted the same itch and decided to pay...