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Melanoma Treatments in Latin America

Hospitals and medical centers in Latin America which treat Melanoma patients.

Hospital Universitario Austral

A tertiary university hospital with over 750 physicians, providing medical services in most medical specialties. Services to foreign patients include interpreters, insurance coordination, and transportation arrangements. Both hospital and doctors have liability insuranc

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Melanoma is treated at Hospital Universitario Austral

Clínica Anglo Americana

Clínica Anglo Americana is a JCI accredited medical facility established in 1921 and works with many international insurers. The innovative hospital with its bilingual staff keeps up to date with advanced technologies, and provides treatment in many fields.

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Melanoma is treated at Clínica Anglo Americana

Hospital Punta Pacifica

A modern private hospital which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Most of the doctors and surgeons at Hospital Punta Pacifica were trained in the USA or in Europe.

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Melanoma is treated at Hospital Punta Pacifica

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Hospital de La Familia

A small hospital offering healthcare services for women and their families, including cosmetic surgery, dermatology, gynecology, pediatrics, dermatology, bariatric surgery, internal medicine and infertility treatment.

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Melanoma is treated at Hospital de La Familia

Hospital San Jose Tec De Monterrey

A JCI accredited hospital, located 150 miles from the border with Texas, United States. The hospital is a full range tertiary care hospital, with five areas of excellence: Cardiology, Oncology, Neuroscience, Organ Transplant and Liver Disease.

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Melanoma is treated at Hospital San Jose Tec De Monterrey

San Angel Hospital

A small, modern, private hospital, located in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, right across the Texas border. 50% of the patients come from the United States, due to the proximity to the Texas border, and to the easy access by car and by air.

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Melanoma is treated at San Angel Hospital

Hospital Universitario de San Vicente Fundación

A large tertiary hospital with over 600 beds and over 400 physicians providing medical care in all medical specialties. The international office can assist patients with insurance, accommodation and transportation. Private rooms are available.

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Melanoma is treated at Hospital Universitario San Vicente

International Bio Care Hospital

A unique hospital that uses integrative medical approach for treating cancer patients, Autoimmune Degenerative Diseases, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other so called "Chronic diseases". Treatment methods are individually tailored for each patient.

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Melanoma is treated at International Bio Care Hospital

San Javier Marina Hospital

A tertiary, modern, small hospital, which is part of the San Javier group of hospitals. The hospital employs 48 physicians in most medical specialties, and provides many services to accomodate private and foreign patients.

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Melanoma is treated at San Javier Marina Hospital

Centro Medico Puerta de Hierro

Centro Médico Puerta de Hierro (CMPDH) is a private, proudly Mexican organization, specializing in the provision of high quality health services.

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Melanoma is treated at Centro Medico Puerta de Hierro

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About Melanoma Treatment

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.


What is melanoma?

This is a type of cancer that originates from the pigment-producing cells known as melanocytes located in the basal layer of the epidermis. Melanomas usually occur in the skin but in rare cases they may occur in the mouth, eyes and intestines. Melanomas may also develop from a mole. Most melanomas are brown or black although some are pink, skin-colored, red, blue, purple or white.


What causes melanoma?

Ultraviolet light (UV) exposure is the most common cause of melanoma. People with low levels of skin pigment are at high risk of developing melanoma when exposed to ultraviolet light from the sun or tanning devices. The genetic defect can also cause the skin cells to rapidly multiply forming malignant tumors.

Risk factors include:
  • Lots of freckles or moles
  • Red or blonde hair
  • A family history of melanoma
  • Pale skin that easily burns

Types of melanoma
  • Superficial spreading melanoma: This is the most common type of melanoma.
  • Nodular melanoma: This fast developing melanoma is common in middle-aged people. It can appear in areas not regularly exposed to the sun.
  • Lentigo maligna melanoma: It is most common in the elderly and people who spend most of their time outdoors. It mostly develops on the face and slowly over several years.
  • Acral lentiginous melanoma: This is a rare melanoma that appears on the soles of feet and on the palms of the hands. It is common in people with dark skin.

Diagnosis
  • If you notice any changes in your moles you should see a specialist.
  • A biopsy of the suspicious mole will be removed surgically and studied for cancer cells.
  • A sentinel node biopsy may also be done to check if the melanoma has spread to other body parts.

Treatment
  • The typical treatment of melanoma is removal by surgery. This is usually the case if it is diagnosed early.
  • If the diagnosis is late and the melanoma has spread, chemotherapy is usually used to slow cancer and manage symptoms.
  • Other treatments include biologic therapy, immunotherapy, or radiation therapy.

How can I prevent melanoma?
  • Avoid exposure to ultraviolet light and if exposure is unavoidable use sunscreen.
  • Check your freckles and moles regularly for any changes.

How to check for melanoma
    Knowing your skin is an important part of diagnosing melanoma especially by recognizing any changes in the moles or freckles on your body. You should look for the ABCDE signs of melanoma and if there are one or more, you should see your doctor.
  • Asymmetry: If you draw a line through the middle and the two sides are not the same it is asymmetrical and this is a warning sign.
  • Border: The borders of melanoma are uneven and the edges may be notched and scalloped.
  • Color: Melanomas have a variety of colors and different shades of black, brown or tan may appear. The melanoma may also become white, blue or red.
  • Diameter: Melanomas usually have a large diameter. However, they may be smaller when first detected.
  • Evolving: Melanomas change or evolve over time. Any changes in shape, size or color should be a warning sign. Any new symptoms such as itching, crusting or bleeding should be of concern.

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