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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)

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


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Think i might have candidiase, should I go to gp?

Think i might have candidiase, should I go to gp?

Good choice: Candida is a common infection especially of the vaginal area as well as other skin areas (and sometimes the mouth). It causes discharge, redness and itching. Some cases are spontaneous but occur more often in moist areas especially if you have been taking an antibiotic for some other condtion. A gp or a gynecologist would be the physician of choice to treat this. ...Read more

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Should i go see my doctor if i think i might have breast cancer?

Should i go see my doctor if i think i might have breast cancer?

Yes: Over the age of 40, you should have annual mammograms, and annual doctor exam of your breasts. You should perform monthly self breast exam as well. If you still concerned about your breast health, in between your routine doctor visits and routine screening tests, then you should see your doctor anyway. ...Read more

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Can I go to my primary physician if I think I have steatorrhea?

Can I go to my primary physician if I think I have steatorrhea?

Yes: When you go to the doctor, describe your symptoms, not the diagnosis you came up with. 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. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I think i might be a sociopath but i don't want or need any help i just want to see if it's in my head, can I check anonymously? My parents can't know

I think i might be a sociopath but i don't want or need any help i just want to see if it's in my head, can I check anonymously? My parents can't know

Agree with Dr. Papas: I will additionally add that wanting help and needing help are not the same thing. You can easily need it but not want it. This is a tough question. However, the fact that you are worried about the answer is a positive factor in your favor. If you don't want to talk to your parents, consider talking to a trusted guidance counselor or clergyman who will respect your confidentiality. ...Read more

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Should I go to a general doctor if I think I have lymphedema?

Should I go to a general doctor if I think I have lymphedema?

Yes: If you have swelling that is more than usual and is not going away, then a trip to the primary physician makes sense. There are many reasons people develop swelling....Kidney problems, heart problems, lymphedema, venous insufficiency etc. It is important to have it checked out and know the cause. ...Read more

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I think I have Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. I am going to see a doctor soon but I want to know if my symptoms match.

I think I have Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. I am going to see a doctor soon but I want to know if my symptoms match.

HCM: since you don't describe your symptoms, read this and it will give you lots of information: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy/basics/definition/con-20030747 ...Read more

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I think I have MRSA but can't see a doctor until tomorrow, what should I do overnight?

I think I have MRSA but can't see a doctor until tomorrow, what should I do overnight?

MRSA: If you think you have mrsa, keep the area clean, apply warm compresses to the area to try to soften it and, hopefully, get some pus out of it, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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I think I have lipedema. I want to rule it out or get diagnosis but cant seem to find a doctor in iowa who knows anything about it. What do I do?

I think I have lipedema. I want to rule it out or get diagnosis but cant seem to find a doctor in iowa who knows anything about it. What do I do?

Wikipedia: On line WIKIPEDIA is good reference. Print it out. Take with you to dermatologist or vascular surgeon. Try the nearest medical school if you can. Meanwhile, exercise, lose weight slowly but steadily, elevate legs higher than chest several times a day for as long as you can, wear elastic stockings knee length or higher, look for lymphatic massage, find where you can buy or rent a compression machin ...Read more

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Why do I have to go to an orthopaedic clinic if I just got stitches?

See below : You may have had an associated bone muscle tendon ligament nerve or artery injury concomitantly. Follow-up is recommended as prescribed by the referring physician. good luck thank you ...Read more

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I think I have a rectal prolapse, can I leave it or do I need to see a doctor immediately?

I think I have a rectal prolapse, can I leave it or do I need to see a doctor immediately?

Rectal prolapse: It is unusual to have a rectal prolapse at your age but I would let a doctor have a look so that you get a correct diagnosis ...Read more

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I need to know if I should go to a doctor or not. I think I have depression. I have been on anti depressants before but i can't remember why.

I need to know if I should go to a doctor or not. I think I have depression. I have been on anti depressants before  but i can't remember why.

Seek evaluation: If your depression is causing distress you should seek an evaluation from a mental health professional, either a psychologist, psychiatrist, or clinical social worker. The evaluation should help determine the nature and extent of the depression and point a path toward the treatment of it. ...Read more

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I feel like I have internal bruising, I have sensation that i'm bruised but i don't see any bruises. I just want to know if I should go see a doctor.?

I feel like I have internal bruising, I have sensation that i'm bruised but i don't see any bruises. I just want to know if I should go see a doctor.?

See your doctor: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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Should I go to the dr. If I think I have bronchitis?

Should I go to the dr. If I think I have bronchitis?

Depends...: It depends on your symptoms as well as their severity. If you have a fever, if you are short of breath or if your symptoms are worsening, then see your doctor. If your symptoms have not resolved by 7-10 days, see your doctor. If you are not sure of your diagnosis, see your doctor. ...Read more

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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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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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I had a shave biopsy done because my derm thought it might be pre-melanoma. 1 1/2 weeks later it seems to growing back bigger than before. Normal?

I had a shave biopsy done because my derm thought it might be pre-melanoma. 1 1/2 weeks later it seems to growing back bigger than before. Normal?

Any Biopsy report?: Your dermatologist who did the shave biopsy should help/guide you. Firstly you should find out the pathology report from your shave biopsy? Recurrence of this lesion means it will need to be excised(cut out) completely. This is not unusual but you cannot ignore it even if the shave biopsy was benign. This could be a melanoma, so your slides must be read by an expert pathologist to check for Melano ...Read more

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Husband seeing Emory for possible subungal melanoma. Derm has watched white spot turn black over 2 yrs. Chances of this being contained? Stats?

Husband seeing Emory for possible subungal melanoma.  Derm has watched white spot turn black over 2 yrs.  Chances of this being contained? Stats?

It is Hard to Say: It is hard for us to say without having all the information.I suggest you discuss his case with the Doctors treating him at Emory.They will be able to answer all your questions as they have all the information.Good Luck ...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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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, 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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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

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.

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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Derm biopsied possible nodular melanoma via shave instead of excision. Will results be valid? Any chance a tingling raised mole could be benign?

Derm biopsied possible nodular melanoma via shave instead of excision. Will results be valid? Any chance a tingling raised mole could be benign?

Melanoma.: The concern with the melanoma is the fact that they tend to grow in depth more than radially. Therefore, a shave off the top would not be enough certainly to remove the lesion. If melanoma is a strong concern, I would think that the whole thing would have to be removed. Please clarify with dermatologist and follow this up closely. Melanoma should be taken seriously. ...Read more

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Raised 4mm mole on my neck got dry and flacky this week.Small black dot occured,I think blood clot.Last skin check by derm was one month ago.Melanoma?

Raised 4mm mole on my neck got dry and flacky this week.Small black dot occured,I think blood clot.Last skin check by derm was one month ago.Melanoma?

Likely not.: It is unlikely that any significant change occurred in your skin lesion within one month since the last examination by a dermatologist; nevertheless, anything is possible. It is always wise to have all pigmented lesions evaluated regularly by a dermatologist; if there are changes, a visit or phone call also gives you the opportunity to discuss your concerns with the dermatologist who knows you. ...Read more

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Derm? Fake nails redone after a mo. Noted pinkie has green brown spot abt 1/4 CM long vertical ctr nail top, just below where nail extends off finger. Caucasian. 1 sev. Dys. Nevi. Scared melanoma!

Derm? Fake nails redone after a mo. Noted pinkie has green brown spot abt 1/4 CM long vertical ctr nail  top,  just below where nail extends off finger. Caucasian. 1 sev. Dys. Nevi. Scared   melanoma!

Distal nail streak: It is not likely that a spot starting in the distal portion of the nail bed represents a melanoma. More likely this represents a bacterial infection with pseudomonas. You should see your dermatologist and get a bacterial and a fungal culture done. The fungal culture will also tell if you have yeast. Treatment can be prescribed after a diagnosis is established. ...Read more

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Can melanoma mimmic an innocent looking light brown bump with even boarders thats one color? My GP scared me saying it might be serious. Removing ASAP

Can melanoma mimmic an innocent looking light brown bump with even boarders thats one color? My GP scared me saying it might be serious. Removing ASAP

Melanoma: You are correct - melanoma classically presents with an irregular border of varying colors. The lesion you have is likely benign, especially because you are so young :) However, there are different types of melanoma that appear harmless but may be of concern. Your GP has seen the lesion and has the ability to assess it most accurately. ...Read more

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I have a mole I've always had.I thought it had got bigger went to my GP who said it was fine,don't worry. Could it be melanoma?its beige, 1colour.

I have a mole I've always had.I thought it had got bigger went to my GP who said it was fine,don't worry. Could it be melanoma?its beige, 1colour.

Changing moles: demand close follow-up. In general, melanoma usually have irregular shapes, borders and pigmentation and are usually growing. These are generalizations. Bottom line, any lesion that bleeds on its own, goes through cycles of healing and breakdown, or shows rapid progression demand a biopsy or even excision. You can follow your mole with digital photography and a ruler. ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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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


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