A member asked:

If you removed an area, suspicious of having melanoma, by cutting or scratching, will it heal if it is malignant ?my dermatologist's assistant said that it won't heal, it would stay open/crusty.

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Dr. Elias Chousleb Mizrahi answered

Specializes in Bariatrics

Mailgnant lesions should be removed with margins not scratched or burnt.

Answered Jun 13, 2013

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Dr. Carlo Hatem answered

Specializes in Pulmonary Critical Care

Determine if it is malignant by relying on it's ability to heal. If it is suspicious, see your doctor, a biopsy can give you the final answer.

Answered Jun 13, 2013

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