Researchers have noticed a mole on her upper thigh had changed color and immediately visited to dermatologist. The criteria for persons who are at risk for developing melanoma -; red hair, light skin tone and chronic sun exposure.

Melanoma is highly capable of spreading and can be deadly rapidly if not treated. Skin moles are very common, and fortunately the vast majority of skin moles do not transform into melanoma. Melanoma often appears as an enlarging skin mole, either flat or raised. Moles containing melanoma are usually darkly pigmented, but can take on a variety of colors. In addition to rapid growth, moles with an asymmetrical shape or irregular borders are also concerning.

Overall, new or changing moles should be examined by a dermatologist, surgeon or primary care physician. Chappell's mole was removed, and after testing, results showed that the melanoma had unfortunately spread to her lymph nodes. Contreras suggested a minimally invasive type of lymph node removal for her melanoma in the groin and in the pelvis. 

The traditional operation for Lisa would have involved about a 12-inch incision that starts in the abdomen, goes over the groin and ends in the upper part of the thigh. The traditional operation usually involves a three- or four-day hospital stay and a considerable recovery period of several weeks at home. Chappell says she now takes all the necessary precautions -; like wearing sunscreen with a SPF value of 30 or higher every day and wearing a hat and sunglasses; to ensure she doesn't have to have another scare.

Doctors give comprehensive care for patients with a broad array of benign and malignant tumors, often working in collaboration with other departments across UAB's medical campus to guide patients through the surgical decision-making process and provide innovative, advanced diagnostic and therapeutic options.