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Does Anyone Else Have The Skin Condition Nevus Flammeus
Nevus flammeus: Capillary malformation, usually referred to as a port-wine stain or nevus flammeus, is the most common type of vascular malformation. As a congenital malformation of the superficial dermal blood vessels, capillary malformation is present at birth and grows in size commensurate with the child; capillary malformations remain present for life and have no tendency toward involution. ...Read more
I have lichenoid keratosis which my doctor described as solar lentigo with eczema. Incurable. How does it "behave"? Does it vanish/spread at times?
Please tell me if a lentiginous junctional dysplastic nevus is really melanoma in situ. My doctor won't respond.
There is a subtle di: Melanoma in situ is different than a dysplastic nevus, but it is a continuum. They both need to be treated in the same manner, re-excision with a negative margin.But remember one is a cancer the other one is a precursor of cancer. So it has long term health implications for health insurance etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, not uncommon: What you describe is a melanocytic nevus. A nevus is another name for a mole and they can also occur in the eye. In fact they can occur anywhere where pigment is present (skin, eye, inner ear, meninges, bone & heart). So it is not uncommon to have a mole in the eye. As with a skin mole, it should be checked. See an ophthalmologist periodically to ensure that it is benign & not changing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is anal squamous cell cancer cureable? What kind of doctor should a person see if they suspect they have it? What is bowens disease?
Yes: Yes. I recommend being followed by a colo-rectal surgeon who could refer you to other physicians if necessary. ...Read more
Possible: The apple doesn't always fall close to the tree. You have to check all four grandparents and all aunts and uncles. Sometimes you just get lucky (or unlucky) and get a mixed new gene from the combo of both your parents. In any event, if you have the syndrome, please be diligent with yearly full body exams by your dermatologist. ...Read more
Dermatologist office called. Tiny mole they removed was mildly dysplatic. He wants to do a larger incision 'just to be safe because of an area of damage skin'. What does this remark mean?
Mole : Atypical , formerly termed dysplastic moles are "graded" mild, moderate, or severely atypical . The biopsy is read by a pathologist and it may be determined if the mole was completely removed or not. At times , the dermatologist may use clinical judgement to remove more tissue if the results are ambiguous . Talk to your dermatologist regarding all options ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does underarm swelling automatically mean a person has breast cancer or something very serious? What else can it mean?
Lumpy armpits: No. It is in no way an automatic diagnosis of breast cancer. If indeed it's a lymph node swollen, it could be due to anything from a plugged breast duct that got a little infected, to an ingrown hair in your arm pit, to a systemic viral illness, to absolutely nothing. Try a few days of scheduled anti-inflammatories and hot compresses, and if it isn't better, let your doctor check you out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How often does dysplastic Nevus turn into melanoma? What percent will actually become malignant? Thanks
Depends on grade: Excisional biopsy of dysplastic nevi with moderate-to-severe and/or severe dysplasia can be of benefit because of the association and potential conversion to malignant melanoma. It is suggested that excision of biopsy-diagnosed DN with mild or moderate dysplasia has less of a benefit with minimal evidence of conversion to invasive melanoma. ...Read more
Can you tell me if someone has metastatic melanoma, do they have lymphoma or is that completely different disease?
Different: Lymphomas and melanomas are different diseases.Get a more detailed answer ›
ABCDE's of moles: 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. If you have any moles with these characteristics, you should see a dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it true that professional body spray tans can cause cancer? As someone told me there was a chemical that causes cancer.
Tanning: Tanning accelerators, such as lotions or pills that contain the Amino Acid tyrosine or its derivatives, are not effective and may be dangerous.The main ingredient in sunless tanning pills, canthaxanthin, can show up in your eyes as yellow crystals, which may cause injury and impair vision.There have also been reports of liver and skin problems. Read more at www.Cancer.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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