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How Is Melanoma Diagnosed
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 2 more doctor answers
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
I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with melanoma. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?
Skin exam &biopsy: Melanoma is diagnosed by performing a complete skin exam and by taking a sample (biopsy) of the suspicous areas. The skin biopsy is then examined under a microscope to determine if it is melanoma. See the picture to find out what typical melanoma moles look like. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Shave biopsy can provide enough tissue to make a diagnosis of melanoma although it is not recommended because it can make it difficult to determine the depth of melanoma invasion, accurately. A re-biopsy(wide excision) is recommended to make sure that the residue cells left behind can be adequately excised. ...Read more
Depends on risk: Depending on the melanoma characteristics and depth of the lesion, a wide local resection is performed to remove the melanoma, lymph nodes may be sampled through a procedure called a sentinel lymph node biopsy. And possibly further imaging will be ordered, such as a brain mri, ct scan, and a pet scan. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Find an expert: The first step should be for you to find someone who treats patients with metastatic melanoma every day. You want somebody who understands and is comfortable with using the newest drugs but moreover is nuanced in the difficult decisions that will come up about the drugs and when to start/stop/switch therapies, including experimental drugs in clinical trials. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnosed with melanoma in situ 1 year ago. Tumor and margins were removed. What are my chances of reoccurance or developing a second primary? Scared
Diagnosed with melanoma in situ a year ago. What are my chances of reoccurance? Can it come back and spread without forming a visable lesion? Paranoi
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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