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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
19 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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Dr. Eric Whitman
36 years experience Surgical Oncology
Skin cancer: Melanoma is a cancer that develops in the melanocytes, pigmented cells of the outer layer of skin. While it is related to sun and uv radiation, it is ... Read More
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Dr. Hung Khong
27 years experience Medical Oncology
Cancer of melanocyte: Melanoma is a cancer of melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These c ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
36 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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Dr. Richard Orr
44 years experience Surgical Oncology
A type of skin cance: Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that arises from the pigmented cells (melanocytes) in the skin. In general, it is more malignant than the other two ... Read More
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Dr. Travis Kidner
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Skin Cancer: Melanoma is a potentially dangerous type of skin cancer. It is diagnosed less frequently than other types of skin cancer (nonmelanoma skin cancer), bu ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Gold
44 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Cancer is not a contagious disease.
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Dr. Eric Whitman
36 years experience Surgical Oncology
Not in the usual way: Although melanoma cannot be transmitted from person to person like an infection, it is possible for it to be transmitted vis organ transplants; patien ... Read More
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Dr. Travis Kidner
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
No: No. Melanoma is not.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 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
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Melanoma: I know of no genetic predisposition to melanoma. But behavioral link sun damage.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
19 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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Murthy Andavolu
32 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 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
21 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 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
Quite common: Most melanomas in the US are diagnosed when they have thickness of 1mm to 3mm) are diagnosed in about 30% of patients and carry an intermediate progn ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Travis Kidner
17 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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