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what kind of tests are done in the follow-up for melanoma skin cancer?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 36 years experience
Skin exams: The most common follow up are periodic skin examinations. Depending on the melanoma characteristics and history, other tests such as complete examinations, imaging studies, and blood tests may also be indicated.
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Examination maybe PE: Usually physical examination and twice yearly dermatologic exams are all that is needed. More advanced melanomas may be followed by pet scans. The nccn guidelines recomend much more limited use of scans than many doctors practice. For most people - your greatest risk is developing a second melanoma and that is why derm checkups are so important.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Skin exams: Complete skin examinations at least four times a year. Once you develop one melanoma, you are at risk for developing an additional melanoma. Also depending on the level of risk associated with your particular melanoma imaging may be ordered to assess for the development of distant disease.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is melanoma skin cancer?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
An aggressive cancer: Melanoma skin cancer arises from the pigment cells in the skin. The larges risk factor is sun exposure. It is scary because even a small primary tumor sometimes metastasizes and becomes deadly. Read about the abcd's of melanoma detection at www.Melanomafoundation.Org.
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A 17-year-old male asked:

How common is melanoma skin cancer?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
21 per 100k people: 21 per 100000 men and women per year. It is estimated 76, 690 new cases and 9480 deaths in 2013 due to melanoma.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Which oral medication is available for melanoma skin cancer?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Vemurafenib: This was approved in 2011 by the fda and the value of this interacting your particular situation would be discussed with your oncologist.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What exactly is the treatments for melanoma skin cancer?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
#1is Surgery: Surgical excision is usually the preferred method of treatment but many other options exist based on the extent and location of disease.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What exactly is non-melanoma skin cancer?

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Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Other skin cancer: that means the 2 more common skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

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