How Do I Fade My Melanoma Scar?

How Do I Fade My Melanoma Scar?

Melanoma is diagnosed about 68,000 times each year in the U.S., and it’s estimated that another 48,000 people have an early form of the disease that only affects the top layer of skin. Each of these people are left with a melanoma scar after treatment.

The word ‘melanoma’ sounds pretty ominous in itself, but it’s called this because the cancer starts in the pigmented cells called melanocytes. The melanocytes are found on any skin surface; thus melanoma can occur anywhere in the body.

Because melanoma is likely to spread to other parts of the body, doctors don’t like to take any chances and will remove not only the entire growth, but also a substantial tissue around it. If the average melanoma is about the size of a pea, that can be a pretty big wound, especially if it’s on the face or other visible part of the body. Doctors at the Saarland University Hospital in Homburg, Germany at the Department of Dermatology report that the currently required safety margins for melanomas lead to extensive and profound wounds.

If you’ve already had melanoma, you have probably been wondering what to do about the melanoma scar, and how to shrink or fade a melanoma scar.

The answer is to use a scar treatments that avoid skin irritants and uses natural ingredients proven to work on reducing the redness and size of the scar. The reason why you want an all-natural formula is because you don’t want to disturb the skin cells that are remaining. By using a chemical that is a known carcinogen or possibly carcinogenic, you weaken the remaining cells and can potentially induce genetic changes within the cell’s DNA.

Cancer occurs in three steps:  initiation, promotion and metastasis. Initiation is where sunlight, chemicals, radiation, viruses or tobacco change the cell’s genetic material. Step 2 is called promotion. This is when cells that have already been altered genetically are changed to form cancer cells by drugs or substances in the environment. Metastasis is where the cancer cells spread throughout the body.

Here’s a shocking fact:  the medical literature is full of case studies where melanoma scars turned cancerous years after the cancer was removed. Finding out that you have cancer not once but twice is too much of a shock to the body, soul and mind.

Researchers report that genes involved in wound healing may play a role in determining melanoma scar outcome. Poorer scar outcome of melanoma scars were associated with thyroid problems and infection, among other things.

By using an all-natural scar removal formula, common sense would tell you that you decrease the risk of developing cancer in the area. Of course, you still have to change habits of sun exposure and exposing your skin to other carcinogenic compounds, but researchers believe that the skin of a scar is different than regular skin and may be more sensitive to changes from environmental influences.


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