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Can Melanoma Be Pink
Amt. Pigment: Most melanomas become nodular arising from a flat variegated skin lesion. Although the nodular lesion can arise in a pre-existing mole, it is more common to develop spontaneously from normal skin. The colors of nodular melanomas are usually black, blue-black, dark brown, or brown-red. However, occasionally they are red, pink, grey, or light to medium brown depending on amt of melanin pigment. ...Read more
A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer 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 and ...Read more
Melanoma: Melanoma is the tumor that gives cancer a bad name. There are many descriptions of what the "typical" melanoma looks like, but some are not typical. Some have no pigment at all, and even experts need more than a look to know what it is. If you suspect you have a melanoma, seek medical care, the sooner the better. If you do, you will have the best chance of survival. If not you can stop worrying. ...Read more
Are melanomas usually a reddish pink irregular looking patch on skin? About the size of a pencil eraser?
Yes it can be: Most melanomas are mixtures of brown/black or tan color. Reddish pink would be uncommon. But watch for changes such as further enlargement in size or changes in color. If it gets bigger, get it removed. You could watch it for a few months and decide if it needs to be checked by your doctor in order to be certain. ...Read more
Impossible to: Tell without actually looking at it. If it is more than 4mm, consult a dermatologist for possible biopsy. ...Read more
Could melanoma be picked off? I picked a dark brown 4mm spot nothing there now besides some pink where it is healing. On leg 26male
Doubt melanoma but..: If you have the least concern of a melanoma, it needs to be seen. I suspect instead that you picked off a seborrheic keratosis -- melanomas really can't be picked off. Show your physician the site next time you have an office visit, or if a suspicious lesion recurs, get seen right away. ...Read more
Small round pink spot on leg. Looks kind of like a pimple but has been there months and I cant pop it so it cant be a pimple. Melanoma? Or unlikely?
Probable hemangioma: The common skin lesions to have are related to squamous or basal cell Ca's and appear as sores that scab but don't heal. Melanoma is not usually a pinkish lesion but dark brown nevus. It grows laterally by having variegated colors such as brown, black, grey or forms a nodular lesion. Hemangiomas can appear as small pink skin grows or remain very flat, They cant be popped or if forced to, bleed ...Read more
Small, pink bump on inner forearm. Originally thought it was pimple or bug bite. Getting bigger rapidly. Looks like a darker center. Melanoma? Other?
1 month ago pink spot/lump on face scratched bleed a lot scabbed over it fell off now normal skin. Nodular melanoma? Would the lump grow back by now?
Derm: Any suspicious skin lesion should be checked by dermatologist for safetly. ...Read more
Red spot on inner knee healed to a pink red scar has taken 3 months to heal but kept scratching it. Is this normal healing time? Melanoma?
Red spot on knee: Healing and scar disappearance does take a long time, months, sometimes up to a year or more or a light residual may remain. Constant scratching is irritating and prevents proper healing. You could try over the counter silicone cream of strips and see if it helps f/u/ w/ dermatologist ...Read more
Lightbrown 1 colour smooth mole thing picked it didn't bleed scabbed over scab fell off bleed now pink looking & healing Could it have be a melanoma?
It may need Dermatol: Any skin lesion which keeps bleeding and does not heal in 2 weeks need to be checked by a Physician. If you needed a biopsy a Dermatologist may be even better qualified. Melanomas tend to bleed...benign lesions heal if you keep the lesion clean and dry/covered with a band-aid. ...Read more
Skin cancer: Melanoma is a cancer that develops in the melanocytes, pigmented cells of the outer layer of skin. While it is related to sun and uv radiation, it is possible to get melanoma in areas that receive minimal sun exposure. Melanoma is generally considered the most dangerous form of skin cancer, more likely to metastasize than the more common basal or squamous cell cancers. ...Read more
A type of skin cance: Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that arises from the pigmented cells (melanocytes) in the skin. In general, it is more malignant than the other two common skin cancer types (basal cell and squamous cell), but early melanoma has a good prognosis. Look online for the abcde for diagnosing melanoma. If you have a suspicious mole - have it checked out by a deramatologist. It could save your life! ...Read more
Learn your ABCD's: Definitive diagnosis is made by biopsy. Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. If you have a skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen as well for evaluation and possible biopsy. ...Read more
Cancer of melanocyte: Melanoma is cancer of melanocytes. Melanocytes are 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 body that contains melanocytes. ...Read more
Sun exposure: The most important cause of melanoma is uv light exposure, whether from the sun or from indoor tanning beds. Uv light exposure is associated with 65% of all melanoma. However, a combination of uv light exposure, environment, and genetics are probably linked in many cases. Hereditary melanoma occurs in less than 10% of patients. ...Read more
Skin malignancy: Malignant melanoma is a highly malignant skin tumor, that if not brought under control by early surgical removal will metastasize to almost every organ in the body. Most important factor for aggressiveness was first Clarks level measuring depth of penetration but later changed to Breslows classification for thickness. Lesion less than 1mm favorable, more than 2 mm. Not good. ...Read more