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I have a mole larger than a pencil eraser since birth. Top is crusty. Melanoma?

I have a mole larger than a pencil eraser since birth. Top is crusty. 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

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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Could skin cancer look like a birth mark?

Could skin cancer look like a birth mark?

Yes, but....: Most birth marks are not skin cancer. Signs to look out for are asymmetry, irregular borders, different colors within the area, and a birth mark that grows. If you have any concerns, please show your doctor. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can skin cancer look like a birth mark and be mistaken for one by tests?

Help plz! Can skin cancer look like a birth mark and be mistaken for one by tests?

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

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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

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

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Can you tell me about melanoma?

Can you tell me about melanoma?

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

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How common is melanoma under 5mm?

How common is melanoma under 5mm?

Not common: But possible, especially if it is growing and has characteristic appearance. It is best to show it to your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can anybody tell me what melanomas?

Can anybody tell me what melanomas?

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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How many people under 18 has melanoma?

How many people under 18 has melanoma?

Melanoma: here are statistics from the national cancer institute -- cancer.gov on melanoma. Melanoma rates are rising amongst people under 18. Stay safe in the sun -- use sunscreen daily, stay in the shade as much as possible. Reapply sunscreen frequently, don't use tanning beds http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/melan.html ...Read more

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I had melanoma 9 years ago...What are the chances of it returning again?

I had melanoma 9 years ago...What are the chances of it returning again?

Varies: At this point you are probably more at risk for developing a new melanoma than the original coming back. Remember to wear sunblock and limit your exposure to uv radiation and continue to see your friendly dermatologist for routine skin examinations. ...Read more

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Can surgery repair melanoma?

Hopefully: If the lesion is superficial, only excision of the skin site is needed. If it is deeper then removal of one or more of the lymph nodes in the area is usually recommended. If there is lymph node involvement, chemotherapyay help improve survival. Seek treatment at a center with experience in melanoma. ...Read more

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Is nodule melanoma common under 30?

Is nodule melanoma common under 30?

It does occur: Melanoma is a Cancer of the young people,so yet it does occur in 20 to 30 to 40 year olds. get yourself checked by a dermatologist if you have anything suspicious. ...Read more

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Could sun at the beach cause melanoma?

Depends On Skin Type: Melanoma is the deadliest of all skin cancers. Your risk of melanoma with sun exposure depends on your skin type. Skin that burns easily and never tans has a higher risk of developing melanoma than skin that is dark and almost never burns. As a rule, you should always wear sunscreen when exposed to the sun. Not only will that decrease your risk of melanoma, it also prevents premature aging. ...Read more

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How likely is a cure for 1.3mm melanoma?

See your doctor: See your doctor or dermatologist or plastic surgeon a s a p. Don't waste any time with melanoma (if it is melanoma). ...Read more

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How is stage 3 melanoma typically treated?

Surgery + immunoRx: Stage iii melanoma is usually where the regional lymph nodes are involved. The most common treatment is surgical removal of the lymph nodes, sometimes followed by additional treatments ("adjuvant") with immunotherapy, particularly interferons. There are also experimental drugs being tested. Some patients may receive radiation therapy. ...Read more

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What are the best possible ways to prevent melanoma?

Sunscreen+avoidance: It is generally thought that the best way to prevent melanoma is to avoid excessive sun exposure and to use sunscreen. However those measures will not completely protect someone from developing melanoma, particularly if they have sun sensitive skin or a family history or skin cancer or melanoma. ...Read more

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Is it possible for melanoma to kill you at any time?

Melanoma: Can spread. The chance of it spreading to other organs is greater the deeper the melanoma grows. That is why catching it early is important. Once it spreads, it can be deadly. ...Read more

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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