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Dr. M. Christine Lee Dr. Lee
Dermatology
24 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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How long does melanoma take to spread?

How long does melanoma take to spread?

Highly variable: There are aggressive fast-spreading cancers and there are slow-spreading cancers. An aggressive fast-spreading melanoma can metastasize even before it's visible on the skin. Some superficial slow-spreading melanomas may spread wide but not deep and may not invade the bloodstream for many months. The problem is there's no predicting how a melanoma is going to behave so early detection is key.

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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


Dr. Travis Kidner Dr. Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
13 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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How long does it take melanoma to spread?

How long does it take melanoma to spread?

Varies: Each cancer is unique. Some cancer cells have the ability to metastasize very early in their development while other can be slower to metastasize.

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Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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How long does it take for melanoma to spread to brain?

How long does it take for melanoma to spread to brain?

Comments: I do not believe we should look at the time for melanoma to go to brain, as the first sign in the body might be a brain hemorrhage secondary to presence in brain. More typically, brain metastasis is late, over months to even a year or two. This nasty disease however, is in the main, poorly predictable.

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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If someone had an untreated melanoma, how long would it likely take before it starts to spread to other parts of the body?

Variable, unpredicta: Melanoma can be unpredictable and is quite variable in its behavior. If you can tell us the exact information about this melanoma such as a biopsy report and or the stage of melanoma, then we can be more exact in discussing its prognosis. But it is all dependent on the stage of the disease with some variability among different people.

Dr. Mike Bowman Dr. Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
15 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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How long does it typically take to recover from melanoma?

How long does it typically take to recover from melanoma?

D├ępends on therapy: Depending on the depth of the melanoma, surgical therapy may involve just removal of the tumor and closure of the wound with skin flaps or grafts. If the tumor is deeper, lymph node removal may be indicated. If the tumor is present in lymph nodes, adjuvant chemo after surgery may be recommended. As you may imagine, the more treatment, the longer the recovery.

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Dr. Steve Martinez Dr. Martinez
Breast Surgery
24 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Approximately how long does it take for a melanoma to go deeper than. 50 mm into the skin. I know there are many variables. I just ask for approximati?

Approximately how long does it take for a melanoma to go deeper than. 50 mm into the skin. I know there are many variables. I just ask for approximati?

A guess: Melanomas can behave quite differently. Some can stay relatively dormant for years, while others grow like wild fire. I would estimate that a superficial spreading melanoma (the most common type) would reach 0.5 mm in depth in about 6 months to 2 years from its inception.

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Dr. Louis Gallia Dr. Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
41 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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How long can you live if your malignant melanoma is treated before it spreads?

How long can you live if your malignant melanoma is treated before it spreads?

Cure possible: It can be cured. Make sure you are being managed by a dermatologist with cancer experiencce.

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Dr. Travis Kidner Dr. Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
13 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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If melanoma moles start out flat, how long would it take to grow, or will it grow?

Varies: Different melanoma grow at different speeds. It is very hard to predict their growth rate.

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Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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My mom had melanoma on neck got it removed and didn't spread! I got a skin check and I need 4 biopsies in a month to be safe. Why so long to get it?

My mom had melanoma on neck got it removed and didn't spread! I got a skin check and I need 4 biopsies in a month to be safe. Why so long to get it?

Your question? Unclea: Not every mole needs to biopsied. An experienced physician/dermatologist exercises judgment and would only remove one or two suspicious lesions. You may benefit from seeing another doctor for a second opinion which will save you some money and avoid scars on your skin.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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If melanoma starts as a single cell naked to the human eye... How long does it typically take before it actually becomes noticeable and concerning?

If melanoma starts as a single cell naked to the human eye... How long does it typically take before it actually becomes noticeable and concerning?

Variable: Different tumors have widely varying growth rates. In general, it takes a few years for a single malignant cells to grow to the size of about one centimeter.

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Is it possible to get melanoma from one CT scan (in chest area)? If yes how we can prevent it and how long it will take to appear?

Is it possible to get melanoma from one CT scan (in chest area)? If yes how we can prevent it and how long it will take to appear?

No: Melanoma is related to skin paleness and exposure to the sun. It is also largely random in appearance. There is no correlation between ct scans and melanoma. This does not exempt you from getting melanoma in this area, however uncommon, but the ct had nothing to do with it.

Dr. Eric Chevlen Dr. Chevlen
Internal Medicine - Oncology
43 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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How long can you live with stage 4 metastatic melanoma with mets spread into the brain. What kind of treatment is best?

How long can you live with stage 4 metastatic melanoma with mets spread into the brain. What kind of treatment is best?

Radiation +/- surg: If there is only one or two brain metastasis it may be treated with surgery + radiation therapy. More than that number of brain mets usually treated with radiation alone. Disease in body may respond to targeted therapy (e.g. Zelboraf + Mekinist). Yervoy has also helped many. Prognosis depends on a large number of factors which I cannot assess.

Dr. Ronald Lippmann Dr. Lippmann
Family Medicine
21 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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How quickly can melanoma spread?

Immediately: Malignant melanoma begins to spread immediately. Hence the name malignant.

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Dr. Mike Bowman Dr. Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
15 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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How does melanoma spread throughout the body?

Via blood and lymph: Like other cancers, melanomas spread (metastasize) via 2 pathways. First, via the lymph system, where the tumor gets caught in lymph nodes. Sentinel node biopsy is helpful to determine lymph node involvement. Next, it can spread via the blood. That's how melanoma can go from your skin anywhere to the brain, lung, liver, etc. It's propensity to do this makes melanoma so dangerous.

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Dr. Eric Whitman Dr. Whitman
Surgery - Oncology
32 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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How long can someone live if they have melanoma?

How long can someone live if they have melanoma?

Depends on Stage: Survival from melanoma (or really any cancer) depends on the stage of the cancer, which in the case of melanoma is derived from the initial tumor thickness, whether there is ulceration, the extent of lymph node involvement (if any) and whether e melanoma has spread to distant, internal, organs.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How long can you have melanoma and not know it?

How long can you have melanoma and not know it?

No specific time: Lline. AAD Malignant Melanoma screening: 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

Dr. Steve Martinez Dr. Martinez
Breast Surgery
24 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of melanoma if it has spread?

Many disguises: I have seen melanoma spread nearly everywhere you can imagine, and the site of metastasis dictates the symptoms that may occur. Common sites include lymph nodes, lung, liver, bone, and small intestine. Lymph nodes: a lump in the underarm, neck, or groin. Lung: cough, shortness of breath or bloody sputum. Liver: jaundice or pain. Bone: pain or fracture. Small intestine: bloody bm, blockage.

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Dr. Wilfred Brown Dr. Brown
Surgery - Plastics
31 years in practice
Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of the Witwatersrand
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What does melanoma look like? Coulbit be all over the body? And how fast does it spread?

What does melanoma look like? Coulbit be all over the body? And how fast does it spread?

Appearance is variab: Lesions are usually pigmented and have variations in shade from light brown to black. Occasionally melanoma may not be pigmented. The edges may be indistinct, and they may bleed spontaneously. It's unlikely to be widespread without significant symptoms. Spread is also variable, ranging from a few months to many years after the initial presentation.

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Dr. Hushang Haghighat Dr. Haghighat
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
years in practice
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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