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A 58-year-old female asked:

would discovering a melanoma after its been there about 4 months be "early detection" as used in dermatological community?thanks.

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Dr. Andrew Doe
Interventional Radiology 20 years experience
Yes, but: Early detection is more defined by the piece of tissue (biopsy) that they took. Your dermatologist will discuss the results with you and give you your most accurate prognosis.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Depends: The growth of melanoma varies. Some tumors grow very rapidly while others take a while to develop. The most important thing to concentrate now is on the depth of the melanoma and other pathological features. Now is the time to focus on the disease you have not what could have been. Good luck!

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Can you live a full life, if your melanoma is caught and "cured" in early stages?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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Yes you can: If melanoma is detected in very early stage ad treated complete cure i expected out come. Some melanomas like nodular melanoma , where the tumor penetrates basal membrane the prognosis is unpredictable .

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