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Can melanoma pop up suddenly?

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Dr. Emily Ridgway answered

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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.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Travis Kidner answered

Specializes in Surgical Oncology

Yes: Many times my patients will notice a dark skin lesion for the first time that is melanoma.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. James Davie answered

Specializes in Pathology

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.

Answered 5/19/2016

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