A 27-year-old female asked:
if left untreated, would nodular melanoma continue to grow in 2.5 years? is 3.5mm and hasn't grown.
3 doctor answers
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion answered
34 years experience Medical Oncology
??: Not sure i understand. Is it truly melanoma? Why then is it not out? If you are not sure but have any lesion that looks funky, please have your doc take a look at it. Don't mess around with a melanoma, they can be nasty dudes.
Answered on May 30, 2013
Dr. Anthony Sclafani answered
31 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
Likely : Melana can grow radially (outward) or vertically (in depth), which may not be as noticeable. Please see a dermatologist soon, who can help make an accurate diagnosis and initiate proper treatment.
Answered on Jun 1, 2013
Dr. Monib Zirvi answered
20 years experience Dermatology
Why are you waiting?: Melanomas grow and eventually metastasize. If you have a known melanoma it should be surgically removed as soon as possible with appropriate margins. At that depth, a sentinel lymph node biopsy is also advised. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon as soon as you can.
Answered on Feb 2, 2015
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