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Characteristics Of A Cancerous Mole
100% or 0%: Don't guess odds. A suspicious mole needs to come off. It's either cancer and your life is probably saved, or it's inconsequential. Neglect a suspicious lesion, and there's a fair chance you will pay with your life. A dermatologist can guess malignancy with pretty good accuracy in a suspicious mole, but it's never certain and criteria for moles that should come off are basically scientific. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
ABCDE's of mole chec: Atypical moles that resemble melanoma often has one or all of the following characteristics: a for asymmetry; b for irregular borders; c for lots of different colors (or shades of brown); d for rapidly growing diameter; e for evolving or changing mole. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I have a mole with 2 out of 5 of the abcde symptoms (melanoma) its border and color. Lesion benign?
Possibilities?: Hi, I am going to answer this based on a patient's own observations not what could be detected by a mammogram ultrasound, mri, biopsy.Any lump in your breast nontender or tender (could be either), inverted or change in nipple, nipple discharge esp one sided, different "feelings" in one breast more than another, lumps in armpits, or above your collarbone, rashes on your breasts, painful nipples-more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Metastasis: Stage IV (4) melanoma is the highest stage that a melanoma can reach. It is diagnosed by finding distant spread or metastasis to other parts of the body. Stage is different from clark's levels and breslow levels, although these can impact lower stages. (ajcc cancer staging manual, 7th ed., 2010). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
The same: Tumors grow as benign or malignant growths. The benign growth can reach large size but does not have the potential to invade surrounding tissue or metastasize. The malignant cancer tumor has that capability. It has oncogene mutations for invasion of surrounding tissue, and invasion of blood stream with metastasis. It has variants of the cadherins that allow for progression and metastasis. ...Read more
Lump between breasts, history of melanoma, malignant mole removed from directly across the location of the lump. Any chance it's just a cyst?
Wrong question: Please forgive my frankness. The only question you need to ask is, "Could it be CANCER?" With your cancer history, and the fact that this is a dominant mass where there's possibly breast tissue, you need to get seen. Period. Pick up the phone now. To be brave, act brave. We'll be thinking of you, and if it's benign / nothing / a lipoma / a cyst, you're a stronger and more skilled person. ...Read more
Consult your doctor: If you're concerned about a skin lesion that has grown rapidly or changed suddenly, you should consult a specialist who treats skin disorders. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon could evaluate this lesion and give you advice about how to proceed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Typically not: The size of a tumor usually doesn't determine whether the tumor is benign or malignant. I've had patients with very large tumors that are benign and tiny tumors that are malignant. Whether or not a tumor is benign or malignant depends on what type of cells the tumor is composed of. Often the only way to determine this is with biopsy. ...Read more
"Rubbery" lump: Fibroadenomas are the most common breast tumor. They can be found as early as the teen years and are often estrogen-sensitive, growing in response to bcps or pregnancy. On examination, they often feel round-to-oval, well- defined, and rubbery. They also have a distinct appearance on ultrasound and mammography, but can be confused with cancers: when suspected, a (non-surgical) biopsy is indicated. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Hyperplastic squamous epithelium in a verrucous pattern of growth, is this bad? At places they show features of nuclear atypia. Whats your view?
This kind of lesion: may be 'pre-cancerous" Get it removed....(you probably just did ..right??) Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more
Benign : Technically, it can be benign or malignant, so it has to be surgically removed and histologically examined for malignant criteria. If the pathology report comes back as hurthle cell adenoma, it's being considered as benign because there weren't any features that suggested a malignant hurthle cell carcinoma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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