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What is the abcde screening method for melanoma?|

What is the abcde screening method for melanoma?|

Also...: "e" was added more recently. Stands for evolution- in other words a mole that has recently changed it's size, shape, and/or color; or has started to bleed, become crusty or inflammed. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin which is one of the most complex organs in the body, degenerates into cancer, with the cancerous (malignant) cells growing ...Read more


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What are the criteria for determining malignancy in melanoma? Aren't all melanoma malignant?

Yes: All melanomas are considered malignant however they have different levels of metastatic potential. This means that some melanomas have the ability to spread to other parts of the body while others, especially in situ melanomas, have little or no risk of metastasis. ...Read more

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What's the highest survival rate for malignant melanoma?

What's the highest survival rate for malignant melanoma?

Depends on depth: The prognosis for melanoma depends greatly on the stage at diagnosis. In the absence of spread to lymph nodes or other sites, the depth of the melanoma is the most important factor which predicts outcome. The deeper the tumor invades the more risk of it spreading/recurring. I caught early, melanoma is very curable. Discuss the case in question with your dermatologist or oncologist. ...Read more

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What is melanoma skin cancer?

What is melanoma skin cancer?

Aggressive cancer: Melanoma develops from melanocytes cells of the lower layers in the skin. These cells produce pigments and the color of skin. When they form into cancer it can grow radially and deeply which can be dangerous as it can subsequently spread to other areas of the body. There are genetic predispositions as well as ultraviolet radiation exposure and sunburns are risk factors. ...Read more

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What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

Depends on location: Surgical removal of skin cancers is effective and the risks are associated with the size and location. Bleeding, infection and poor cosmetic outcome are all risks. Delayed healing in areas of poor blood flow is also a risk. Other treatments such as radiation can be successful as well with similar results and better cosmetic outcomes. ...Read more

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How common is melanoma skin cancer?

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How common is melanoma skin cancer?

21 per 100k people: 21 per 100000 men and women per year. It is estimated 76, 690 new cases and 9480 deaths in 2013 due to melanoma. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for malignant melanoma?

What is the survival rate for malignant melanoma?

Depends on stage: 5 year overall survival: stage i: 85-95% stage ii: 53-80% stage iii: 40-80% stage iv: 15-20%. ...Read more

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Are neoplasm of uncertain behavior of skin always cancer?

Usually not: Most skin pathologists will use that term when something is close to, but not definitely, a skin cancer. The final diagnosis may depend on whether any more tissue needs to be biopsied. ...Read more

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Can basal cell cancer increase my risk of melanoma?

Can basal cell cancer increase my risk of melanoma?

Indirectly: Basal cell skin cancers are almost always due to sun exposure. Sun exposure (and bad sun burns) increase risk of melanoma. If you are 29 and have had a basal cell, you should make sure you are getting regular screening examinations with your dermatologist on whatever schedule he/she sees fit. Biopsy of any suspicious lesions is important. ...Read more

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Is metastatic melanoma preventable?

Is metastatic melanoma preventable?

Yes and No: Certain genetic conditions may predispose someone to malignant melanoma. But there are certainly things that can be done to boost one's immune system to fight cancers. And those with irregular moles should be seen at least yearly by their doctor or dermatologist to remove suspicious moles. Therefore, preventing a metastatic process. ...Read more

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Is ocular melanoma the same as skin melanoma?

Is ocular melanoma the same as skin melanoma?

Not really: Ocular melanoma starts in the back of the eye and is genetically and clinically different than the more common skin melanoma. Although they look fairly similar under the microscope, their typical clinical patterns are very different. ...Read more

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Dose basal cell cancer increase my risk for melanoma?

A little bit: Yes, but not a great deal. The good news is that surveillance for any skin cancer is the same. Examine your own skin regularly, and keep your scheduled appointments with your doctor or dermatologist. Notify them if you see any lesions which are concerning for skin cancer. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Symptoms of nodular skin cancers?

Symptoms of nodular skin cancers?

Skin cancer: Nodular cancers can be pigmented or non pigmented. If pigmented- will need urgent attention as your doctor will need to rule out melanoma as they can be aggressive. Non pigmented still need to be seen as melanomas can be non pigmented in about 25% cases. Basal cell cancer and sq cell CA usually will resent with non healing lesions and then can ulcerate. See your doctor as they may be symptomless. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the difference in malignant melanoma and metastatic melanoma?

Melanoma: Malignant means cancerous. It's redundant to say malignant melanoma, as all melanoma is cancerous (although the term is still used). Metastatic means that it has spread to lymph nodes or other organs of the body. ...Read more

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What early signs of skin cancer?

What early signs of skin cancer?

Classic is a sore : That does not heal for the squamous and basal types, and a new variegated colored mole that grows outwardly and upward. Bleeding from either tells you to hurry up and get it taken care of. ...Read more

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What constitutes stage 4 melanoma on a superficial mole that has gone malignant?

What constitutes stage 4 melanoma on a superficial mole that has gone malignant?

Metastasis: Stage IV (4) melanoma is the highest stage that a melanoma can reach. It is diagnosed by finding distant spread or metastasis to other parts of the body. Stage is different from clark's levels and breslow levels, although these can impact lower stages. (ajcc cancer staging manual, 7th ed., 2010). ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

A type of cancer that develops from pigment-containing ...Read more