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Can Melanoma Be Pink
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 cancers: Skin cancers can masquerade as many things depending on natural skin tone and pigmentation, and other skin properties, such as freckling. The most important thing to do is report changes in any spot on your skin to your doctor or dermatologist. The most dangerous skin cancer, melanoma, is a pigmented cancer and something that requires expert evaluation. ...Read more
Majority are cured: Majority of skin cancer- like squamous cell, basal cell cancer- even melanoma- will be cured with surgical resection- if caught early. However if melanoma/cancerous mole is not caught early and already spreads to other distant organs then that would make it incurable. Other skin cancers such as skin lymphoma (cutaneous t cell lymphoma) - can be also difficult to cure- however it is treatable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't know what the: Lesion looks like or how long it has been there. I recommend that all of my patients see the dermatologist annually for a head to toe check out. You could have this lesion checked and hit two birds with one stone. Take care. ...Read more
If you had a amelanotic Subungual melanoma on the finger and it progressed to hutchinsons sign, would the hutchinsons sign be coloured or amelanotic?
Why this question?: By definition, amelanotic means no melanin, not brown or blue or black. Hutchinson's sign refers to a color change of black or brown from the nail into the adjacent skin. Amelanotic melanoma has no such color. Treatment consists initially of complete amputation of the toe. ...Read more
During pregnancy how should a possible dog bite be handled? It was a nip although you can see puncture spots, blood was not visible only red color.
Can a normal brown mole that turns black with an irregular red border overnight be all of a suddden melanoma? Could it be from my pregnancy hormones?
Concerning findings: Overnight changes in moles are very rare. You are describing several changes suggestive of a melanoma...Irregular borders, asymmetric nature, multiple colors... Get that mole evaluated asap. If there is any doubt an office biopsy will shed light on what is going on. Don't delay, melanoma can be a life threatening problem, but can be cured if caught early! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possible: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful answer without examining the lesions. However, basal cell carcinoma may present as a white nodule. It would be prudent to see a doctor for evaluation. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Yes ; perhaps: A hematoma can spread as in enlarge, if still bleeding, or drain, if gravity a factor (like a thigh bruise "moving" toward knee). Flesh tone would only occur with deep bruising/hematoma that does not have blood up near the underside of the skin. ...Read more
Nodular melanoma does not follow abcd pattern. Can it be caught early like other melanomas due to its growth? Hoping experience answers. Thanks
Had a skin biopsy of nose that said actinic keratosis with dilated pore of winer. How likely is this to be wrong and be a Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Why do you ask?: This is one of the most basic calls for a pathologist. It is like asking a zookeeper to identify an elephant. If you are worried for whatever reason, ask for a second pathologist to sign off. ...Read more
Could be: Probably not. To settle the question, see a pro-----a dermatologist. ...Read more
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