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How quickly does melanoma grow?

How quickly does melanoma grow?

It varies: What matters is how deep a given melanoma grows. Some tend to grow horizontally and do not spread. Others, stay small, but grow deep, and will spread quite quickly. If you have any concerns about a given spot, get it checked out. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

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


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If somebody has nodular melanomas or 6 or so years, will it visibly continue to grow in size?

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

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If you scratch off the top layer of a melanoma will it grow back? I don't have one, I am just curious.

If you scratch off the top layer of a melanoma will it grow back? I don't have one, I am just curious.

Yes: Melanomas need to be completely excised with an appropriate margin based on the thickness of the melanoma to ensure it won't reoccur at that site. ...Read more

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Does untreated nodular melanoma continue to grow?

Does untreated nodular melanoma continue to grow?

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 more

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Will untreated nodular melanoma continue to grow?

Will untreated nodular melanoma continue to grow?

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

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Would a nodular melanoma, or a melanoma of any type grow in 6 months?

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 more

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Although nodular melanoma grows deep quickly, does it also continue to grow in diameter?

Although nodular melanoma grows deep quickly, does it also continue to grow in diameter?

Yes, but...: In melanoma, the depth of invasion is more important than its horizontal growth, as deeper melanomas are more likely to spread and metastasize. ...Read more

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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 more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a 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