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Abcde Rule For Melanoma
Yes: Melanoma is a lethal disease if untreated, early detection and excision will cure melanoma.Awareness and education is essential to cure, which is done by melanoma walks in your local area, several organisations like melanoma research alliance, melanoma.Org etc contact your local american society office for more information or your local hospital. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gp wants to remove 2 moles; didn't check for more suspicious ones elsewhere.Family history of melanoma.Is dermatologist better to examine/remove moles?
Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?
Yes: In fact, this is fairly common. No one knows where spitz nevus leaves off and a melanoma capable of metastasizing begins. This is one of the hardest calls in pathology, and some say it's impossible. The burning question will be whether to do additional surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
SurgeonOrRadiologist: Breast biopsies are best done by removing a small core of tissue under local anesthesia; if benign, no surgery is needed; if cancerous, surgical rx can follow. If the mass is palpable, either specialist can perform the biopsy equally well. If the mass can only be seen by mammography or ultrasound, the specialist would require expertise and access to these technologies. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
No: This depends on how thick the melanoma is in millimeters (the breslow depth) and other factors. For melanoma >1mm it is considered standard, for melanoma 0.75 to 0.99, other factors like age or mitotic rate are considered. Less than 0.75 may be 'overkill' but every patient should discuss the risks and benefits with their surgeon. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have a mole with 2 out of 5 of the abcde symptoms (melanoma) its border and color. Lesion benign?
Pathology moderate atypical dysplastic nevus, recommend further excision. Is this cancer/melanoma?
Dx breast cancer at 39, thyroid cancer at 40. Is a PET scan needed to rule out mets and am I at a risk for other cancers?
Shouldn't a pathology report state, for example, malignancy, father than, suspicious for malignancy?
Pathology report: A pathology report should only state as much information as the pathologist is truly certain of. After all, this will be the basis of treatment. Therefore, if a report says 'suspicious' rather than definite malignant, it means that the tissue sampled in the biopsy did not show absolutely convincing features of cancer (at least to that pathologist). You want 100% certainty for a cancer diagnosis! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many: The treatment for melanoma involves removing the primary site with a margin depending on the depth of the melanoma. In addition for high risk lesion a sentinel lymph node biopsy is performed. If these lymph node contains melanoma the remainder of the lymph nodes are removed from that basin. Treatment for distant disease can involve surgery, chemotherapy and or immunotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer