Melanoma, if malignant, is the most deadly form of the three major types of skin cancer. Melanomas are brown, black or multi-colored patches, plaques, or nodules with an irregular outline. It tends to spread rapidly to vital organs, such as the liver, lungs and brain. It is the most frequently diagnosed form of cancer for women between 25-29. Today, one in every 90 white Americans will eventually develop melanoma. It can be cured if discovered early. Surgical removal of the affected area as well as nearby lymph nodes can be necessary, and later the area should be followed by a skin graft. The thickness of the tumor is the single most important factor in determining prognosis. Avoid excess sun exposure and talk to us about some foods and nutrients that may counteract the development of melanoma, such as fish with omega-3 fat and antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C and E.