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Yes: Melanomas come in different varieties. Rarely they have no pigment, and they can also appear in places which get little or no sun exposure including mucosal surfaces inside the nose or throat, or on the soles of the feet. These unusual melanomas are thankfully rather rare. As with all skin cancers, if you have a lump or bump on the skin which is changing rapidly, make sure you get a checked out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & ...Read more
Is early melanoma really curable? If a person has a lesion for several months & it turns out to be melanoma, will it be too late? Can mel be white?
Maybe, Maybe, Yes: Nobody watches their skin so closely that they can be certain how long a lesion has been present. Many melanomas stay at the junction between dermis and epidermis for at least months before they invade and have the power to kill. "amelanotic" melanomas are various shades of cream / white. The key is to get the suspicious lesion off and examined. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin mole: Melanoma doesn't usually hurt or cause symptoms. Sometimes it itches or bleeds easily. If it is very large it can cause pain. If it has spread to other organs it can also cause symptoms. But if it is small and just on the back, it doesn't cause much in the line of symptoms. Visit your doctor to talk about your options to determine if it really is melanoma (punch biopsy or shave biopsy). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies: The most visually striking are dark and black when cut open. Amelanotic melanomas may be non pigmented. Sizes vary from microscopic to huge. They may bulge from skin or not be palpable. Diagnosis requires biopsy. Sometimes fine needle aspiration will suffice. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Different: A pimple is a small skin nodule usually secondary to inflammation , possibly associated with pus and usually small in size with possible erythema. A nodular melanoma is a progression in development of the classic skin melanoma, mostly pigmented and firm with the irregularity in the underlying tumor pigmentation. Rarely it is associated with amelanotic melanoma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How does the number of cases of melanoma compare in light skinned vs. Medium skinned vs. Dark skinned persons?
Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the ...Read more
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