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How Quickly Does Melanoma Grow
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
Yes: Melanoma is a fairly aggressive malignancy with a significant history of metastasis a much more problematic issue than local growth. No one should have a melanoma left untreated for a 6 year time frame. I question wether you are referring to nodular basal cell carcinoma which also needs to be excised but does not have the metastatic potential. ...Read more
If you scratch off the top layer of a melanoma will it grow back? I don't have one, I am just curious.
Yes: Melanoma is a very bad type of skin cancer that can be lethal if left alone for a long enough time. The best treatment is surgery when it's caught early. Unless there is an absolute compelling reason not to have it removed, I would see surgeon who specializes in melanoma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: If you have any type of melanoma, you should have it treated as soon as you can. Left alone, melanoma will end your life. The only time one would consider not treating it is if the patient can't undergo treatment, or if the life expectancy is already very short b/c of another medical problem. ...Read more
Consult your doctor: If you're concerned about a skin lesion that has grown rapidly or changed suddenly, you should consult a specialist who treats skin disorders. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon could evaluate this lesion and give you advice about how to proceed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If left untreated, would nodular melanoma continue to grow in 2.5 years? Is 3.5mm and hasn't grown.
Why are you waiting?: Melanomas grow and eventually metastasize. If you have a known melanoma it should be surgically removed as soon as possible with appropriate margins. At that depth, a sentinel lymph node biopsy is also advised. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon as soon as you can. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I read only melanoma miles grow back after removal. I had slightly atypical removed, now growing back.Was this just shave biopsy or actually melanoma?
Nodular melanoma picked off would the spot grow back and continue growing vertical. Just curious.
If I were to scratch off a melanoma would it visibly grow back before spreading to my lymph nodes/organs? How likely is it if it doesn't?
Unclear question: How do you know that you have a melanoma? Melanoma is a cancer of the skin. If you mean a mole, it is a bad idea to scratch it. If you have concern about melanoma, see your doctor. Please consult this site information on this topic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/melanoma/basics/definition/con-20026009 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Can bening moles grow or darken some over time? How likely is that changes like these signal dysplasia or melanoma?
Can nodular melanoma be caught early with monthly skin exams? Or does it grow too quick? Seems many doctors misdiagnose it which causes problems.
Difficult : The reason why this type of melanoma is caught late because it spreads to the inside rather than spreading to the outside like other types of melanoma. Therefore, it is difficult to notice a change in the mile. Also, in melanoma, the deeper the lesion, the worse it is and the more likely to spread to other parts. This makes nodular melanoma more serious and aggressive as it grows deep. ...Read more
Had mole shaved and it was benign. Has grown back in 3 months. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?
Yes but not usual: When a mole (or nevus) is shaved, frequently the depth of the shave is not deep enough to remove all of the melanin or pigment producing cells. This is why the lesion grows back. If instead, a full thickness excision is done, all of the involved skin is removed and the lesion will not re-grow. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does melanoma contine to grow and change on skin. Just had mole removed dr feels aytipical no changes at least in last 2 years and seen four derms (6mth screenings) rounded flat dark brown 5-6mm mole?
Ugly duckling: No hard and fast rules about when to watch and when to cut. One way to decide is the ugly duckling principle. If one mole looks a lot different then the rest remove it. If a lot of abnormal moles take the worst, the one that is changing, or new. For sure remove if =/>7mm irreg shape > 2 colors fuzzy borders. There is also the willy factor. If it gives me the "willies" get it out. Good health ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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