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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Melanoma And Carcinoma

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What are the differences between melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma?

What are the differences between melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma?

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 more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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What is the difference between "malignant melanoma" and "basal cell carcinoma"?

What is the difference between "malignant melanoma" and "basal cell carcinoma"?

Types of cancer: Malignant melanoma is a type of cancer that originates from the melanocytes. It often travels to distant locations in the body and is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma rarely travels to other parts of the body, but will recur locally if not treated appropriately. ...Read more

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What is the difference between: basal cell carcinoma epithelioma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

Skin cancer: The difference between basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma has to do with how the skin cancer cells appear under the microscope as well as how they behave. Therefore it is important that they be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible by a healthcare professional who specializes in this area. ...Read more

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Why does basal cell carcinoma have better prognosis than malignant melanoma?

Why does basal cell carcinoma have better prognosis than malignant melanoma?

Ability to travel: Basal cell carcinoma usually is limited to the site of disease. While it is possible for basal cell to metastasize it is very rare. In contrast melanoma travels through the lymphatic system and can form tumors in any location of the body. ...Read more

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What are squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

What are squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

Types of cancer: Malignant melanoma is a type of cancer that originates from the melanocytes. It often travels to distant locations in the body and is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma rarely travels to other parts of the body, but will recur locally if not treated appropriately. Squamous cell carcinoma rarely travels to other parts of the body. ...Read more

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Where to find more information on squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

Where to find more information on squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

Skin cancer: This question really cannot be answered in this setting. You should go on the computer and you can read all about these three types of skin cancers, . ...Read more

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If this mole is an early skin cancer, how do I tell if it's a melanoma or a basal cell carcinoma?

If this mole is an early skin cancer, how do I tell if it's a melanoma or a basal cell carcinoma?

Get a Derm Consult: Melanoma typically is pigmented and has a dark color. Basal cell cancer may have a pearly appearance to it. However, you should not take a chance trying to diagnosis this yourself. Melanoma is a deadly disease and early detection can lead to a cure. Delayed detection can be fatal. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a pt with history of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (father died of malignant melanoma and sister has had a melanoma removed) to take enbrel (etanercept) for ra? Red hair, blue eyes.

Immunosuppressant: Enbrel (etanercept) is an immunosupressant to minimize yuur bodies attack of itself. Anything that lowers your immune system may increase your risk for certain cancers such as lymphoma, basal and squamous cell cancers, particularly if you are already fair skinned. Good sun block, wide brimmed hats, minimize sun exposure, etc. Your doctor should be able to discuss the relative risks of treatment of enbrel (etanercept). ...Read more

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Is Melanoma a vitamin D deficient cancer?

Is Melanoma a vitamin D deficient cancer?

No: Melanoma is a skin cancer due in part to exposure to UV light, including sunlight and in part attributable to hereditary predisposition. Vitamin D deficiency per se is not a known cause of melanoma. ...Read more

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Is melanoma a vitamin d deficiency cancer?

Is melanoma a vitamin d deficiency cancer?

Melanoma: There is no direct association of vitamin d and melanoma. ...Read more

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Can you get melanoma cancer twice?

Can you get melanoma cancer twice?

Yes possible: Yes it is possible to get another new lesion and is the reason, need close observation after initial treatment ...Read more

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Could it be melanoma or any other cancer?

Could it be melanoma or any other cancer?

Can't tell: I'm not sure if you loaded a picture of whatever is concerning you but regardless, if you have any lesion on the skin that looks suspicious or has changed noticeably, please see your family doc or dermatologist. Sometimes you cannot tell by just looking at it. ...Read more

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For what length of time can someone live with melanoma cancer?

For what length of time can someone live with melanoma cancer?

Melanoma survival: If you treat your melanoma early, your life expectancy shouldn't be affected. If it has metastasized or spread, survival depends on how good your own body can mount a defense. In general, the deeper the melanoma, the worse your prognosis. You can stage your disease and find out what life expectancies are for each stage. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes the melanoma cancer?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes the melanoma cancer?

Unknown: Many factors appear to impact melanoma, including genetic (family) factors, sun radiation exposure and damage, etc. Normal cell division is impacted, causing replication of pigment producing cells rapidly and abnormally. Important to seek medical attn. For sites changing color, shape, size or irritability (itching, stinging, etc) often are symptoms. ...Read more

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What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

Depends on location: Surgical removal of skin cancers is effective and the risks are associated with the size and location. Bleeding, infection and poor cosmetic outcome are all risks. Delayed healing in areas of poor blood flow is also a risk. Other treatments such as radiation can be successful as well with similar results and better cosmetic outcomes. ...Read more

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What exactly is the treatments for melanoma skin cancer?

What exactly is the treatments for melanoma skin cancer?

Information: Generally the treatment is surgery. If the disease has spread, still surgery is the treatment of choice if it can be done. Sometimes radiation can help with pain. Sometimes interferon can also help. There may be more drugs in the future. ...Read more

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How could I have developed skin cancer (melanoma) on my lung?

How could I have developed skin cancer (melanoma) on my lung?

Spread in blood: Cancer can spread to other areas through the lymphatics to lymph nodes or directly invade the blood stream and float and pumped to other areas of the body. Therefore melanoma is a very dangerous cancer where the slightest growth deep into the skin ends up getting into the blood stream. Its a strange disease though as the original melanoma may be resected years before it shows up in other organs. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for the eye cancer, melanoma?

What is the treatment for the eye cancer, melanoma?

Radiation or surgery: Eye melanoma, or ocular melanoma is treated by either removal of the entire eye, or by radiation to the eye. It really depends on the extent of the melanoma. This type of melanoma frequently spreads to the liver, so a ct or MRI of the liver should be obtained. I recommend seeing someone who specializes in this type of cancer due to its relative rarity and severity. ...Read more

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What is melanoma skin cancer?

What is melanoma skin cancer?

Aggressive cancer: Melanoma develops from melanocytes cells of the lower layers in the skin. These cells produce pigments and the color of skin. When they form into cancer it can grow radially and deeply which can be dangerous as it can subsequently spread to other areas of the body. There are genetic predispositions as well as ultraviolet radiation exposure and sunburns are risk factors. ...Read more

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How common is melanoma skin cancer?

21 per 100k people: 21 per 100000 men and women per year. It is estimated 76, 690 new cases and 9480 deaths in 2013 due to melanoma. ...Read more

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Is melanoma cancer curable/reversible?

Is melanoma cancer curable/reversible?

Very curable: In its early stages. Once it has spread from the primary site to other organs, the prognosis is much worse. Early treatment is key to a good outcome. ...Read more

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What to do about melanoma; skin cancer.?

What to do about melanoma; skin cancer.?

Melanoma: Things to do about melanoma:
1. Prevention: avoid sun exposure between 10am & 4pm. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.
2. Detection: get to know your skin, do monthly skin self exam, including genital/perianal area. Show new or changing moles to dermatologist asap
if melanoma is diagnosed early, chances of cure are high. No truly effective tx for late/metastatic melanoma. Early detection is key. ...Read more

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What exactly is non-melanoma skin cancer?

What exactly is non-melanoma skin cancer?

Other skin cancer: That means the 2 more common skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. ...Read more

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Is there a melanoma cancer walk or a melanoma society?

Yes: Melanoma is a lethal disease if untreated, early detection and excision will cure melanoma. Awareness and education is essential to cure, which is done by melanoma walks in your local area, several organisations like melanoma research alliance, melanoma. Org etc contact your local american society office for more information or your local hospital. ...Read more

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How can someone know if they have melanoma skin cancer?

How can someone know if they have melanoma skin cancer?

Skin exam: Skin cancer screening is very important, particularly in high risk people who have positive family history of skin cancer, who easily burn, who have had many sun burns in their youth, who have fair complexion, who smoke, who live in sunny climates, who use sun tan salons, and who have many atypical moles. A dermatologist is an expert who can evaluate your skin and provide treatment if necessary. ...Read more

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What are the signs when you get a skin cancer/melanoma?

Modified alphabet: A: asymetry of the borders, when folded in half the two halves of the mole do not match

b: border irregularity, they are jagged uneven, not smooth

c: variegated and multiple

d: diameter >4mm

e: elevation, growing up off the skin surface, or evolution (it is changing in some way)

u: ulceration, the skin surface has broken down

****any lesion that is new or changing deserves further analysis, see your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Which oral medication is available for melanoma skin cancer?

Which oral medication is available for melanoma skin cancer?

Nothing: There is no really good oral med for melanoma. Once the tumor has spread systemic interferon is often used. There are new drugs being developed. Melanama traditionally has been resistent to most types of medications. The mainstay of treatment for melanoma remains surgery. ...Read more

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What kind of tests are done in the follow-up for melanoma skin cancer?

Skin exams: Complete skin examinations at least four times a year. Once you develop one melanoma, you are at risk for developing an additional melanoma. Also depending on the level of risk associated with your particular melanoma imaging may be ordered to assess for the development of distant disease. ...Read more

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Can someone be truly cured of a serious cancer like lymphoma or melanoma?

Yes: Of course all cases are different but many people with either melanoma or lymphoma appear to be cured by their treatment, . ...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


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