Melanoma Surgery

This information is useful for adults and older adults
A dark mole-like spot on a woman's left shoulder needs to be evaluated for melanoma.

A funny-looking mole on your leg, nose, back, or elsewhere on your body could be the first sign of melanoma, a type of cancer that forms in the cells that produce skin color.


The cancer requires prompt treatment to remove the primary lesion, and track the cancer’s possible spread to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body.

“In 15 to 20 percent of patients with a positive sentinel node,” says James Clune, MD, a Yale Medicine surgeon, “there are additional nodes with melanoma.”