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Hospitalized Since Birth Melanoma
Melanoma: Good to have it checked by a Doctor, especially if it's located in a place in your body where is frequently exposed to the sun. ...Read more
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
What is the risk of a small nevous sebaceous in face sine birth to turn into skin cancer. My dr. Said less than 1 % and forget it ? Is this true? Thx
Watch it: You can have it off if it bothers you or if it's your personal preference to have a little scar instead. The risk is low. Little cancers that arise in these things can be excised without danger to you. ...Read more
Yes: A "birthmark" by it's name is a benign discoloration that is present from birth (or a very young age). Birthmarks can change in size, shape or color, but they keep their general appearance. If you are concerned about skin cancer, the area needs to be biopsied. A pathologist will look at the cells under a microscope and give you a diagnosis. ...Read more
I spotted this mole six months ago. Since than the dark layer fell once, and grew back again. But it never grew in size. Is it potentially melanoma?
My great uncle (moms side) has had recurrent melanoma. Since he is grandma's brother, do I add him to my family history? Lots of dysplastic nevi
Already family: What about you? Do you also have dysplastic nevi? Will you watch your skin / have someone watch your skin like a grown-up should? That's what really matters. Wishing you and your uncle the best. ...Read more
I've been watching a bruise on my toe since Thursday as melanoma hasn't been ruled out now the nail is cracking and lifting off the nail bed. Concern?
Nail: This nail is going to come off. Rather than have it come off traumatically I would have you MD take it off. ...Read more
Choroidal melanoma (1994). No issues since treatment til now. U/s shows 2 spots liver (8.2cm/2.1cm), waiting on mri. If cancer would this likely be considered metastasized from original cancer?
It depends...: If the lesion is suspicious for malignancy by mri, your doctor most likely will schedule a biopsy. The pathologist who reads the biopsy will decide the cell type that is there. If the cell type is melanoma, then it will be considered a metastasis. Many other different cell types can be seen in liver biopsies. If it is a new cell type (carcinoma, lymphoma, or sarcoma), it would be a new cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Dear esteemed mds:
my client, mr. Gray, is a 70 y.O. With end-stage melanoma. For the past 2 weeks -- since discovery of brain mets --he cannot stop eating. He is never satisfied. Why is this? Thanks
Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare 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 ...Read more
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