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What is the difference between pink and black melanoma?

What is the difference between pink and black melanoma?

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

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. 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


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What is the difference between pink and black melanoma?

What is the difference between pink and black melanoma?

There are versions: Of melanoma that are called amelanotic melanoma where there is no pigment and the lesions look more like pimples or pink ...Read more

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Would a melanoma be pink under a top layer of brown pigment?

Would a melanoma be pink under a top layer of brown pigment?

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

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What does nodular melanoma typically look like? Is it mostly dark? Pink?

What does nodular melanoma typically look like? Is it mostly dark? Pink?

Nodular melanoma: Can be black, brown, tan or pink (amelanotic, no pigment production). Called nodular because it immediately begins growing vertically therefore creating a nodule. Arises rapidly. Please see a board certified dermatologist and get this checked asap. ...Read more

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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

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26 male small black mole with a perfect pink around it. Melanoma?

26 male small black mole with a perfect pink around it. Melanoma?

Impossible to: Tell without actually looking at it. If it is more than 4mm, consult a dermatologist for possible biopsy. ...Read more

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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

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

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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?

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

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Small, pink bump on inner forearm. Originally thought it was pimple or bug bite. Getting bigger rapidly. Looks like a darker center. Melanoma? Other?

Small, pink bump on inner forearm. Originally thought it was pimple or bug bite. Getting bigger rapidly. Looks like a darker center. Melanoma? Other?

Need exam: There are a few kinds of bug bites that take longer to heal than others. Some spider bites and tick bites could fit what you describe, but melanoma is also on the list. If it hasn't gone away in 14 days you should see your dermatologist or primary care physician. ...Read more

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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 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

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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?

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

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What is melanoma?

What is melanoma?

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

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What is a melanoma?

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

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How is melanoma diagnosed?

How is melanoma diagnosed?

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

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What exactly is a melanoma?

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

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Is melanoma hereditary? How?

Is melanoma hereditary? How?

IN A SENSE: A positive family history of melanoma is a risk factor. So is hair-blonde or red-color and eye-blue or green-color, which of course you inherit. The biggest risk factor, though, is sun exposure. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for melanoma?

White people in sun: Sun damage can lead to melanoma and people with fair skin sustain more injury from the sun more rapidly than their darker skinned counterparts. Sun protection from a young age is very important. You can read more at www. Melanomafoundation. Org. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose melanoma?

How do you diagnose melanoma?

Biopsy: Any suspicious looking skin lesion, esp if it grows fast or changes in color or starts bleeing, needs to be biopsied. It will reveal melanoma if present. ...Read more

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Can melanoma pop up suddenly?

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. ...Read more

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Can melanoma show up overnite?

NO: It's been there; you just never noticed it. ...Read more

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How do I know I have melanoma?

Get checked!: Any suspicious lesion should be evaluated by a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. A biopsy will give you a definitive answer regarding if it is a skin cancer, a pre-malignant lesion, or a benign lesion. ...Read more

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How often is melanoma 1-2 mm?

Quite common: Most melanomas in the US are diagnosed when they have thickness of 1mm to 3mm) are diagnosed in about 30% of patients and carry an intermediate prognosis with a risk of recurrence between 15-30%. ...Read more

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How quickly does melanoma grow?

It varies: What matters is how deep a given melanoma grows. Some tend to grow horizontally and do not spread. Others, stay small, but grow deep, and will spread quite quickly. If you have any concerns about a given spot, get it checked out. ...Read more

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How does a person get melanoma?

How does a person get melanoma?

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

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Can you tell me about melanoma?

Can you tell me about melanoma?

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

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How quickly can melanoma spread?

Immediately: Malignant melanoma begins to spread immediately. Hence the name malignant. ...Read more

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Do I have melanoma, please help?

Go see your doctor: Tell us what you ahve. Is it a mole or something else that concerns you. ...Read more

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How common is melanoma under 5mm?

How common is melanoma under 5mm?

Not common: But possible, especially if it is growing and has characteristic appearance. It is best to show it to your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more