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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Skin cancer: Which arises from melanocytes, which are the cells in the skin which give it color. For this reason, melanomas are often dark colored on the skin (bu ... Read More
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A 47-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 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Gold
43 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Cancer is not a contagious disease.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Cancer of skin: Melanoma is the worst form of the three common type of skin cancers. These arise due to genetic susceptibility and sun exposure. Generally the lesio ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Smith
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Melanoma: I know of no genetic predisposition to melanoma. But behavioral link sun damage.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
White people in sun: Sun damage can lead to melanoma and people with fair skin sustain more injury from the sun more rapidly than their darker skinned counterparts. Sun p ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Murthy Andavolu
31 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Biopsy: Any suspicious looking skin lesion, esp if it grows fast or changes in color or starts bleeing, needs to be biopsied. It will reveal melanoma if prese ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
20 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes: Any change whether it be size or color or texture of a pigmented skin lesion is suspect for melanoma. You should get anything that changes checked eve ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
No takes years: Melanoma dies not appear overnight.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Travis Kidner
16 years experience Surgical Oncology
ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole ... Read More

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