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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
35 years experience Surgical Oncology
Skin cancer: In its most typical form, melanoma is a cancer that originates in cells of the skin called melanocytes. In some cases melanoma can spread to other org ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Lee
20 years experience Plastic Surgery
Genetic and UV: Melanoma is a malignant tumor of melanocytes. It does have a familial component - meaning there are genetic mutations that put you at higher risk for ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
35 years experience Surgical Oncology
Varies: Many melanomas are without symptoms. Some are itchy, irritated, or may bleed. They have often changed shape, size or color, but these changes are usua ... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Tuma
Dr. Gary Tuma answered
24 years experience Plastic Surgery
Metastatic: Metastatic melanoma can be found in other organ like brain, lung and liver. This means the melanoma has spread from the skin to other organ systems.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Whitfield
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Melanoma: Melanoma is a surgical disease that is based on the depth of the melanoma. Please see an experienced provider in melanoma.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
45 years experience Medical Oncology
Not typically: This technique of heating tumor has been used in melanoma in a very limited way. One way, in the past was to isolate the vessels of a leg and pump hea ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
39 years experience Dermatology
May be no symptoms: While a classic finding is a black, bleeding mole, that isn't always the case. Melanomas can sometimes be pinkish (amelanotic melanoma), rather than b ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
35 years experience Surgical Oncology
Skin cancer: Malignant melanoma is a cancer that begins usually in the pigmented cells (melanocytes) of the skin. It is generally considered the most dangerous for ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
No difference: These are equivalent terms because there is no such thing as a benign melanoma!
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Cure is possible: Depending on size and volumn a small lesion that has not ulcerated, if less than 1 mm. thick and is free of any satellites adjacent to the primary can ... Read More

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