Top
10
Doctor insights on: Dermatology Melanoma

Share
1

1
What is the next break through in dermatology?

What is the next break through in dermatology?

Skin replacement: There are many areas of investigation in dermatology such as better treatment for tumors like melanoma and treatment for chronic conditions like psoriasis and eczema. A most interesting line of investigation is to develop an artificial skin to replace skin damaged by disease or trauma. This would be a fabulous breakthrough. Do you have any ideas for a skin breakthrough? ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
Dr. Mike Bowman
905 doctors shared insights

Skin Cancer (Definition)

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


2

2
Would a pa in skin center do shave biopsy for melanoma by appearance after a skin check? Or would the patient be referred to an MD in dermatology

Would a pa in skin center do shave biopsy for melanoma by appearance after a skin check? Or would the patient be referred to an MD in dermatology

Shave biopsy-Mole?: It requires experience and good judgement before a mole is considered for a biopsy. There has to be sufficient risk of the mole being a Melanoma. Indiscriminate excisons are wasteful of resources. So I do not think this procedure should be done by a PA or any physician other than a experienced Dermatologist. Moreover a shave biopsy for Melanoma is considered a poor choice over an excisional biop ...Read more

3

3
DERMATOLOGY : Fleshy colored skin tag or skin cancer near my eye. I scratched it off but it grew back. What is this & how can I get rid of it?

DERMATOLOGY :  Fleshy colored skin tag or skin cancer near my eye.  I scratched it off but it grew back.  What is this & how can I get rid of it?

You need to see a: dermatologist to have lesion removed, since you have had MOHS surgery I suggest you go to that dermatolgist and have it removed so you won't have to worry and it can be tested. hope that helps ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
4

4
What are pros and cons of dermatology?

What are pros and cons of dermatology?

Pros and cons: for what? choosing specialist, choosing profession?

Get a more detailed answer ›
5

5
What is a melanoma?

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

See 2 more doctor answers
6

6
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

See 2 more doctor answers
7

7
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

See 2 more doctor answers
8

8
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

See 2 more doctor answers
9

9
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

Dr. Travis Kidner
2,579 doctors shared insights

Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a 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


Dr. Glynis Ablon
1,196 doctors shared insights

Dermatology (Definition)

Dermatology is a field of study in which a person specializes in skin, hair, and nails; plus disorders such as skin ...Read more