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Information On Melanoma
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
Malignant Melanoma: Aad malignant melanoma screening: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It depends on your s: Why do you ask this? Are you worried that you may be at risk for developing melanoma or do you already have a melanoma? The answers will depend on what is your actual situation. If you already have melanoma you need to seek answers from your doctor or ask us what you want to know but be precise in your questions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do I know I've got a melanoma? Which are the symptoms? Does it have to look all black ? Or how?
See below: There is considerable variation in color size and shape of melanomas. It does not have to be all black. It would be useful to see your doctor for an evaluation. You may consult this site for the various images of melanomas. https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0LEVjzd8bJU_5AAdBQPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTBsa3ZzMnBvBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw--?_adv_prop=image&fr=yhs-mozilla-001&sz=all&va=melanoma+skin+cancer&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-001 ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Approximately how long does it take for a melanoma to go deeper than .50 mm into the skin. I know there are many variables .I just ask for approximati?
A guess: Melanomas can behave quite differently. Some can stay relatively dormant for years, while others grow like wild fire. I would estimate that a superficial spreading melanoma (the most common type) would reach 0.5 mm in depth in about 6 months to 2 years from its inception. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers