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How can it be that melanoma skin cancers spread quicker than internal cancers?

How can it be that melanoma skin cancers spread quicker than internal cancers?

Melanoma : Melanoma has the potential to spread quickly through the blood and lymph systems if not detected early. ...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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Us of thyroid 3 growing nodules 1.5cm + . Microcalcification, internal vascularity, iso & hypoechoic, solid. history stg III melanoma. Fna sched. Worry?

Us of thyroid 3 growing nodules 1.5cm + .  Microcalcification, internal vascularity, iso & hypoechoic, solid. history stg III melanoma. Fna sched. Worry?

Thyroid nodules: Though majority of thyroid nodules are benign but increased vascularity calcification and increasing size suggest a possible chance of malignancy you need a ultrasound guided biopsy to decide future management. ...Read more

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Small, pink bump on inner forearm. Originally thought it was pimple or bug bite. Getting bigger rapidly. Looks like a darker center. Melanoma? Other?

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 more

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How does the number of cases of melanoma compare in light skinned vs. Medium skinned vs. Dark skinned persons?

How does the number of cases of melanoma compare in light skinned vs. Medium skinned vs. Dark skinned persons?

Melanoma: The lighter the skin color the greater the risk. The greater the amount of sun exposure over time the greater the risk. If several family members have been affected, the greater the risk. ...Read more

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How is melanoma diagnosed?

How is melanoma diagnosed?

Learn your ABCD's: Definitive diagnosis is made by biopsy. Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. If you have a skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen as well for evaluation and possible biopsy. ...Read more

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How long does melanoma take to spread?

How long does melanoma take to spread?

Highly variable: There are aggressive fast-spreading cancers and there are slow-spreading cancers. An aggressive fast-spreading melanoma can metastasize even before it's visible on the skin. Some superficial slow-spreading melanomas may spread wide but not deep and may not invade the bloodstream for many months. The problem is there's no predicting how a melanoma is going to behave so early detection is key. ...Read more

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In what age range is someone most likely to have a melanoma? During what age range does it not occur?

In what age range is someone most likely to have a melanoma?  During what age range does it not occur?

Melanoma: It is very rare in young children (they don't get much sun, and not enough time for genetics or heredity to have their effect), and becomes increasingly common after the late teens. Chronic sun exposure or a strong family history are the major risk factors. Pigmented moles that are asymmetric, with an irregular border, with a change to a darker color, larger than 1/2 a centimeter should be checked. ...Read more

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Is there any therepies available for melanoma ?

Is there any therepies available for melanoma ?

Yes: In addition to the surgery mentioned, there are new drugs for melanoma. One, called ipilumimab, is not chemotherapy. It is an immunologic therapy that was approved for use in 2011. It is the first drug to improve survival in stage IV melanoma, and some patients are alive 5-6 years after diagnosis with stage IV melanoma while on the drug. Have hope! ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the ...Read more