A 30-year-old member asked:
Can melanoma pop up suddenly?
3 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
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 even if it is something that changed suddenly.
4.8k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Yes: Many times my patients will notice a dark skin lesion for the first time that is melanoma.
3.9k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Pathology 23 years experience
Yes: Melanomas can pop up anywhere on your skin, or sometimes in weird places like the mucous membranes or back of the eye. As they arise from melanocytes, over a third of the time they will arise inside a pre-existing mole or dysplastic mole...either suddenly, or after smouldering for a few months or years. That is why surveillance of moles for any changes is important.
3.2k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Sep 28, 2016
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.