Top
10
Doctor insights on: Human Body Affected Melanoma

Share
1

1
Which parts of the human body are affected by melanoma?

Which parts of the human body are affected by melanoma?

Skin and retina: Malignant melanomas most commonly develop in the skin as the cell of origin, the melanocytes, are most numerous in the skin. However, there are also some cases of retinal melanomas. These are only detected by routine eye exams. This is why, in addition to routine skin checks, we also encourage sunglasses and yearly eye checks. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
Dr. Mike Bowman
905 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
Explain the short and long term effects of skin cancer on the human body?

Explain the short and long term effects of skin cancer on the human body?

None / Death: This isn't the best place to go for a homework question, but we're glad to help. A basal cell carcinoma on the face won't do a thing beyond growing inexorably. Neglect it, and it will destroy an eye, nose, and eventually grow into the brain. That's the end. Squamous cell carcinomas can spread to remote sites and melanomas do so even more aggressively. Effect depends on location. ...Read more

3

3
How does melanoma spread throughout the body?

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. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
4

4
I am always worried about getting melanoma. I wear sunscreen, get yearly (sometimes more) full body checks and do self checks.How can I quit worrying?

I am always worried about getting melanoma. I wear sunscreen, get yearly (sometimes more) full body checks and do self checks.How can I quit worrying?

Sounds like a phobia: Phobias are unreasonable or irrational fears. They interfere with one's ability to live a happy, normal life. Psychiatric evaluation and treatment is needed. Best to start soon. Sometimes, one's primary care doctor can evaluate and start medication for anxiety or obsessive symptoms, if the patient does not have easy access to a psychiatrist. ...Read more

5

5
What happens in the body when you have melanoma?

What happens in the body when you have melanoma?

Nothing if caught: Melanoma can be cured with excision if it is found and removed early. If it spreads (metastasis) it can travel to lymph nodes or just about anywhere else in the body (lungs, brain, bones, etc). Once it has spread, it is much more difficult to treat and cure. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
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. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
8

8
Can malignant melanoma be found inside the body?

Yes: Surprisingly, these can and sometimes do pop up in places that have never been sun-exposed. Famously this can happen within the deep vulva and the esophagus. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
9

9
How many lymph nodes are affected with melanoma?

How many lymph nodes are affected with melanoma?

Hopefully none: If caught early enough, no nodes will be involved, and excision of the cancer site will be curative. Sentinal lymph node biopsy can be helpful to determine if a more extensive lymph node removal needs to be considered. Seek out an established melanoma treatment center or at least a surgeon well versed in melanoma treatment. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
10

10
Could metastatic melanoma spread anywhere in the body?

Could metastatic melanoma spread anywhere in the body?

Yes: Common sites are the lymph nodes, lung and liver, but it can potentially spread anywhere. ...Read more

Dr. Travis Kidner
2,579 doctors shared insights

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