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Freckles Vs Melanoma
ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A freckle is a small brown spot on your skin, caused by sun exposure. Use your abcde's to tell the difference between a freckle and skin cancer. A=asymmetry. B=border [irregular]. C=color [irregular]. D=diameter [larger than a pencil eraser]. E=evolving [change in color, size, height, new symptoms like bleeding, itching or crusting]. These are danger signs that ...Read more
The dermatologist removed a large dark freckle yesterday and told me he doesn't think it's melanoma but does think it has abnormal cells? Meaning?
Abnormal Mole?: The answer to your question will be provided by the Pathologist after he has looked at the biopsy of the freckly that was taken by the dermatologist. Be sure to get hold of this report and tell us what it says. There are abnormal moles called dysplastic(meaning abnormal cells short of a melanoma) but they can only be seen under the microscope/yet can be suspected which is what dermatologist meant. ...Read more
I have what looks like a freckel in my scalp a liitle more orange looking abiut 3mm by 3mm flat, I am having it checked in two weeks, melanoma?
Probably not: This is probably not melanoma but it is good that you are having it checked out particularly if it is new or if you think it has changed. Any lesion that is a-asymmetric, b- has irregular borders, c- has color variation, or d- looks different (is changing) should be considered suspicious. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've read that using melanotan can cause existing moles to darken/new moles or freckles to develop. Am I increasing my risk of melanoma?
Melanotan: You can read about Melanotan at https://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/melanotan-ii. It is too soon to know whether this drug increases the risk of melanoma. The main thing is to keep your skin protected from skin exposure and to be vigilant regarding your skin lesions with regular self examinations and checks by your doctor ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a tiny light colored freckle between my toes. Are freckles located here always concerning for melanoma even if they are small and not dark?
Watch it close...: Sometimes, it's just a freckle. A sudden change in color, size of texture should certainly cause you to have it evaluated. But remember, sometimes it's jut a freckle. If you have reason to suspect otherwise, there's no problem with having a dermatologist do a quick check. But sometimes, it's just a freckle. ...Read more
I just noticed a freckle on the bottom of my foot that was not there before. How do I know if it is plantar melanoma?
See your doctor: While this might be something very benign, it is important that you see your doctor with something that is very new or changed in appearance. You might need a biopsy to determine what it is, and appropriate care started. Some skin lesions can get worse quickly (such as melanoma). Get it looked at! ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
A freckle on my breast appeared 1.5 yrs ago. It was black & very round. Just noticed its now brown & MIGHT have possibly changed shape very slightly. Its remained flat. How likely is it melanoma? If it is, does flat mean it hasnt become invasive yet?
How am i supposed to know if a mole or a freckle is just that or in fact signs of melanoma cancer?
When in doubt - eval: American academy of dermatology: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had IPL done on my arms and chest cuz I had lots of freckles and moles from sun. Can it cause melanoma to be missed?
It might: If in doubt, see a dermatologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Skin cancer: Melanoma is a cancer that develops in the melanocytes, pigmented cells of the outer layer of skin. While it is related to sun and uv radiation, it is possible to get melanoma in areas that receive minimal sun exposure. Melanoma is generally considered the most dangerous form of skin cancer, more likely to metastasize than the more common basal or squamous cell cancers. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
White people in sun: Sun damage can lead to melanoma and people with fair skin sustain more injury from the sun more rapidly than their darker skinned counterparts. Sun protection from a young age is very important. You can read more at www.Melanomafoundation.Org. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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