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Differential Diagnosis Melanoma
I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with melanoma. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?
Skin exam &biopsy: Melanoma is diagnosed by performing a complete skin exam and by taking a sample (biopsy) of the suspicous areas. The skin biopsy is then examined under a microscope to determine if it is melanoma. See the picture to find out what typical melanoma moles look like. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
If nodular melanoma was picked off. Would a biopsy of the underlying tissue a few months later still be accurate to make a diagnosis.
Metastases: PET CT is often utilized to identify metastases from melanoma. Utilizes isotope F18 FDG for glucose metabolism of malignant lesions to identify them. Most malignant neoplasms have increased metabolic activity. CT portion compares anatomic lesion with area of increased uptake shown by PET. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am a 25 year old female with a history of melanoma on the abdomen 6 years post diagnosis the tumor was very small and it was stage 1 my treatment co?
Picked off mole (maroon, black tissue initially mistook as blood blister)what I realized later looked exactly= Nodular melanoma. Would bx still be accurate for diagnosis since I picked off visible lesion.
Biopsy needed: Yes, if this is in fact a melanoma, a biopsy would still show it even though you pulled off the top layer. If it's not a melanoma, a diagnosis could still possibly be made. It would be uncommon for you to be able to simply pull off a melanoma however. See your dermatologist to be sure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Skin malignancy: Malignant melanoma is a highly malignant skin tumor, that if not brought under control by early surgical removal will metastasize to almost every organ in the body. Most important factor for aggressiveness was first Clarks level measuring depth of penetration but later changed to Breslows classification for thickness. Lesion less than 1mm favorable, more than 2 mm. not good. ...Read more
Type of skin cancer: Melanoma is a very dangerous form of skin cancer, caused by the pigment producing cells of the skin. The skin is not the only place that melanomas form, because melanocytes (the cells that go bad) occur in many areas of the body. Skin melanoma is on the increase, but our ability to catch it early is also improving. If you have a changing skin mole, get it examined! ...Read more
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