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Causes Of Spindle Cell Melanoma
Is adoptive cell therapy successful against melanoma? Is it a fully approved treatment yet? Thanks
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
The dermatologist removed a large dark freckle yesterday and told me he doesn't think it's melanoma but does think it has abnormal cells? Meaning?
Abnormal Mole?: The answer to your question will be provided by the Pathologist after he has looked at the biopsy of the freckly that was taken by the dermatologist. Be sure to get hold of this report and tell us what it says. There are abnormal moles called dysplastic(meaning abnormal cells short of a melanoma) but they can only be seen under the microscope/yet can be suspected which is what dermatologist meant. ...Read more
Yes: Basal cell carcinoma is one o the most common malignancy in the us. Risk factors include uv radiation from sun exposure. This also increases your risk of melanoma. Make sure to get regular full body examinations from your dermatologist so any suspicious lesion can be caught early and biopsied. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Indirectly: Basal cell skin cancers are almost always due to sun exposure. Sun exposure (and bad sun burns) increase risk of melanoma. If you are 29 and have had a basal cell, you should make sure you are getting regular screening examinations with your dermatologist on whatever schedule he/she sees fit. Biopsy of any suspicious lesions is important. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A little bit: Yes, but not a great deal. The good news is that surveillance for any skin cancer is the same. Examine your own skin regularly, and keep your scheduled appointments with your doctor or dermatologist. Notify them if you see any lesions which are concerning for skin cancer. Best wishes! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If melanoma starts as a single cell naked to the human eye... How long does it typically take before it actually becomes noticeable and concerning?
Variable: Different tumors have widely varying growth rates. In general, it takes a few years for a single malignant cells to grow to the size of about one centimeter. ...Read more
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
Pathology said possible spitz nevus cells, surgery set in month. Should I find someone who can do it sooner? I've heard can be confused with melanoma.
Different cell types: Melanomas originate from pigment producing cells called melanocytes, whereas squamous cell carcinomas from squamous cells in the skin. They appear different clinically. The former most frequently have irregular borders and many shades of brown, whereas the latter is often red scaly crusty plaques. However, rarely melanomas can loose their pigment and look like squamous cell ca. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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