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I think I might have melanoma? Do I go to gp or derm?

I think I might have melanoma? Do I go to gp or derm?

Just GO: Melanoma is serious and warrants immediate attention. Call your gp tomorrow and see what he says. Melanomas are identified by the abcd's (asymmetry, b-irregular borders, c-different colors, d-diameter >7mm). ...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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Rapidly growing, even boardered,uniform colored brown spot on neck.Seeing derm in 3 weeks.Gp concerned about skin cancer. Low risk its melanoma? Im 21

Rapidly growing, even boardered,uniform colored brown spot on neck.Seeing derm in 3 weeks.Gp concerned about skin cancer. Low risk its melanoma? Im 21

ABCDE of melanoma: Check out http://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/abcds-of-melanoma-skin-cancer as quick reference to ABCDEs of skin cancer. You didn't mention size but it's change/growing thus evolving. While melanoma is rare in 21yo, I agree that evaluation is key. May need biopsy for absolute proof. ...Read more

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What is the statistical % survival rate for Nodular melanoma. Numbers pls... Also, is it related to the sun like ssm's are. Hoping a derm can answer?

What is the statistical % survival rate for Nodular melanoma. Numbers pls...  Also, is it related to the sun like ssm's are.  Hoping a derm can answer?

Melanoma: The survival rates for melanoma depend on the stage of the lesion (as well as other factors like age, immune status, and location). The range from 15%-97% depending on staging, so without knowing that it is not possible to give a number to you. Read http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-melanoma/detailedguide/melanoma-skin-cancer-survival-rates for more. ...Read more

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New, normal looking mole light brown, seems to be getting slightly bigger, very lil. Derm appt next month, okay to wait? Anxiety about melanoma. Age32

New, normal looking mole light brown, seems to be getting slightly bigger, very lil. Derm appt next month, okay to wait? Anxiety about melanoma. Age32

You did right: Watch for changes in it and if none, don't worry - the month will go faster if you relax. But if you see any change, call to get in if possible. Still, don't worry - just let the office know and perhaps send a before/after photo. You should be ok if this is really new and exam in a month. Best! Take a photo now. ...Read more

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Derm noted 3 moles on back. All 3mm or under. One shade and pretty much round or oval. He said slightly dysplastic so best to remove now .. What does that mean ... Are they likely to be melanoma?

Derm noted 3 moles on back.  All 3mm or under.  One shade and pretty much round or oval.   He said slightly dysplastic so best to remove now ..   What does that mean ... Are they likely to be melanoma?

Never know: No one know for sure until a biopsy comes back, which provides definitive diagnosis. Melanoma often tends to be very dark. It sounds like you may have some "basic" lesions that just need to be evaluated further as recommended by your derm. Best wishes. ...Read more

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New mole show up one year ago, doesn't fit ABCDE and derm said it is fine. Cant shake the thought that it may not be. Scared stage 4 melanoma, crazy?

New mole show up one year ago, doesn't fit ABCDE and derm said it is fine. Cant shake the thought that it may not be. Scared stage 4 melanoma, crazy?

Probably OK: You have done the right thing by having a dermatologist check out your mole. Fortunately he/she thinks it is normal. Melanoma is uncommon at any age but especially so at your age. If you cannot shake this feeling, then a second opinion with another dermatologist would be in order. ...Read more

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Would a pa in skin center do shave biopsy for melanoma by appearance after a skin check? Or would the patient be referred to an MD in dermatology

Would a pa in skin center do shave biopsy for melanoma by appearance after a skin check? Or would the patient be referred to an MD in dermatology

Shave biopsy-Mole?: It requires experience and good judgement before a mole is considered for a biopsy. There has to be sufficient risk of the mole being a Melanoma. Indiscriminate excisons are wasteful of resources. So I do not think this procedure should be done by a PA or any physician other than a experienced Dermatologist. Moreover a shave biopsy for Melanoma is considered a poor choice over an excisional biop ...Read more

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F 30, new flat black mole on my leg, 1.5 mm diameter.Can it be an advanced stage melanoma?Derm said it is brown with black dots in center,to remove it

F 30, new flat black mole on my leg, 1.5 mm diameter.Can it be an advanced stage melanoma?Derm said it is brown with black dots in center,to remove it

Start with biopsy: Any new skin lesion should be brought to the attention of your friendly dermatologist. The first step in skin cancer diagnosis is performed with a skin biopsy. If the dermatologist recommends a biopsy, I would have it taken off and allow for a pathologist to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Granddaugher, 5, has small flat brown spot on labia x1 week. Referred to peds derm by peds MD. Odds of melanoma? Bx? No fam history of any cancer.

Very low: The odds of a melanoma and child that age is very low. Pigmented lesion it's changing should be checked. Without seeing it can't say too much but I doubt that it will be biopsied. ...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


Dr. Glynis Ablon
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Dermatology (Definition)

Dermatology is a field of study in which a person specializes in skin, hair, and nails; plus disorders such as skin ...Read more