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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
I have this mole on my inner thigh. It is not symmetric like it has a weird shape. And it's brown but has darker spots. Is it melanoma?
Small, pink bump on inner forearm. Originally thought it was pimple or bug bite. Getting bigger rapidly. Looks like a darker center. Melanoma? Other?
Need exam: There are a few kinds of bug bites that take longer to heal than others. Some spider bites and tick bites could fit what you describe, but melanoma is also on the list. If it hasn't gone away in 14 days you should see your dermatologist or primary care physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Red spot on inner knee healed to a pink red scar has taken 3 months to heal but kept scratching it. Is this normal healing time? Melanoma?
Red spot on knee: Healing and scar disappearance does take a long time, months, sometimes up to a year or more or a light residual may remain. Constant scratching is irritating and prevents proper healing. You could try over the counter silicone cream of strips and see if it helps f/u/ w/ dermatologist ...Read more
Had the same 3 mm slightly raised medium brown mole on inner thigh for 2 years. It hasn't changed. Would nodular melanoma have grown bigger by now?
Us of thyroid 3 growing nodules 1.5cm +. Microcalcification, internal vascularity, iso & hypoechoic, solid. History stg III melanoma. Fna sched. Worry?
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
Skin exam, avoid sun: Avoid the sun and protect yourself by wearing hat, sunglasses, sunscreen with spf 30 or higher, uv protective clothing. If you have a family history of melanoma, be seen more often by a dermatologist. Have regular skin checks and examine yourself monthly looking for new suspicious lesions or changes in pre-existing lesions. Early detection is key. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Yes: Genetic factors, including some very high-risk genes, run in families parent-to-child. Rather than study you genetically to determine your risk, simply keep a VERY close eye on your skin, everywhere, frequently. If you've got somebody special, make this their job. If not, your physician is your best friend here. Catch them early before they're able to kill you. Best wishes. ...Read more