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Can melanoma pop up suddenly?

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Dr. Emily Ridgway
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.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Yes: Many times my patients will notice a dark skin lesion for the first time that is melanoma.
Dr. James Davie
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.

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