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After the removal of a stage 0 melanoma on face, the stitches were removed. The wound opened up and is opening up more. I don't want a bad scar. What should I do?

After the removal of a stage 0 melanoma on face, the stitches were removed. The wound opened up and is opening up more. I don't want a bad scar. What should I do?

Return for follow up: Return to your treating surgeon for evaluation of the wound. If there are no signs of infection, he may be able to reinforce the closure with steri-strips to minimize further spread. He can advise you how to get the optimal scar. ...Read more

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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


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Can melanoma that spread to lymph nodes be cured ?(head)

Can melanoma that spread to lymph nodes be cured ?(head)

Yes!: Melanoma has about 50% probability of cure as long as it has only spread to the regional lymph nodes. The number of nodes affected by tumor will determine the risk of relapse and the odds of achieving cure . ...Read more

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Melanoma can cause conly confusion and heavy head without headaches?

Melanoma can cause conly confusion and heavy head without headaches?

Depends: It all depends on where exactly within the brain it is growing. Often times it won't cause any symptoms, but if it does cause symptoms these can range from stroke like symptoms to headache to coma. ...Read more

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I have a red lumpy spot on my head. Not been there for a while but was noticed 5/6 weeks ago. My mum passed with melanoma? Can melanoma look like this

I have a red lumpy spot on my head. Not been there for a while but was noticed 5/6 weeks ago.
My mum passed with melanoma? Can melanoma look like this

Persistent lump: Any mass that persists or grows larger over time deserves to be evaluated for potential cancer. Although most tumors in the scalp are simple benign cysts related to the hair structure, melanoma and other cancers can develop there as well. Melanoma is not usually familial, but your mother's experience should still be cautionary. Get it seen. ...Read more

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Can you get melanoma on your ear or head?

Can you get melanoma on your ear or head?

Yes: The most common areas for melanoma are the sun exposed areas. The back, arms, neck and scalp are the most common areas. ...Read more

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Is melanoma detection more difficult after a mid-face lift?

Is melanoma detection more difficult after a mid-face lift?

No cause-effect : Cutaneous melanoma is a disease of the skin and in mid facelift or regular facelift, unless a suspicious pigmented lesion is in the skin excision line, there are no factors associated with increased incidence of melanoma or issues with detection of melanoma. ...Read more

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It's a mole on my uncle's face it's painless, slowly growing and forms a yellow crust Is it a Melanoma ?

It's a mole on my uncle's face it's painless, slowly growing and forms a yellow crust
Is it a Melanoma ?

Probably not. : Melanoma typically does not develop a crusty top. This could be a simple mole. But realize that this could also be another type of skin cancer, perhaps a basal cell or squamous cell, and if it's noticeably grown then it should be evaluated by a Dermatologist in the short term. ...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