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Melanoma has an overall cure rate of around 80-90%. Superficial and lentigo are in the high 90's. What is Nodular overall?

Melanoma has an overall cure rate of around 80-90%.  Superficial and lentigo are in the high 90's.  What is Nodular overall?

Nodular Melanoma: At the earliest detection and treatment nodular melanoma may have a cure rate of 95%. People should remember that not all melanoma develops in a changing mole. It may also appear from a previous lesion and may look like an awkward scar or cyst. It may also appear like a non-healing bruise or nail streak. ...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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Acetal melanoma is not related to sun, superficial is related to sunburns, lentigo is to chronic sun exposure, what is nodular related to?

Acetal melanoma is not related to sun, superficial is related to sunburns, lentigo is to chronic sun exposure, what is nodular related to?

Time growth: The pattern of growth of melanoma is defined by the thickness of the lesion with those defined by Breslow of more than 1.5 mm thick having a greater possibility of spreading. With time the flat, thin appearance changes and the melanoma grows thicker to take on a nodular appearance. Later, this nodular lesion takes on an ulcerating picture wherein the prognosis is far poorer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about melanoma?

Can you tell me about melanoma?

Skin malignancy: Malignant melanoma is a highly malignant skin tumor, that if not brought under control by early surgical removal will metastasize to almost every organ in the body. Most important factor for aggressiveness was first Clarks level measuring depth of penetration but later changed to Breslows classification for thickness. Lesion less than 1mm favorable, more than 2 mm. not good. ...Read more

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How common is melanoma under 5mm?

How common is melanoma under 5mm?

Not common: But possible, especially if it is growing and has characteristic appearance. It is best to show it to your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can anybody tell me what melanomas?

Can anybody tell me what melanomas?

Type of skin cancer: Melanoma is a very dangerous form of skin cancer, caused by the pigment producing cells of the skin. The skin is not the only place that melanomas form, because melanocytes (the cells that go bad) occur in many areas of the body. Skin melanoma is on the increase, but our ability to catch it early is also improving. If you have a changing skin mole, get it examined! ...Read more

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How many people under 18 has melanoma?

Melanoma: here are statistics from the national cancer institute -- cancer.gov on melanoma. Melanoma rates are rising amongst people under 18. Stay safe in the sun -- use sunscreen daily, stay in the shade as much as possible. Reapply sunscreen frequently, don't use tanning beds http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/melan.html ...Read more

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I had melanoma 9 years ago...What are the chances of it returning again?

I had melanoma 9 years ago...What are the chances of it returning again?

Varies: At this point you are probably more at risk for developing a new melanoma than the original coming back. Remember to wear sunblock and limit your exposure to uv radiation and continue to see your friendly dermatologist for routine skin examinations. ...Read more

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Can surgery repair melanoma?

Hopefully: If the lesion is superficial, only excision of the skin site is needed. If it is deeper then removal of one or more of the lymph nodes in the area is usually recommended. If there is lymph node involvement, chemotherapyay help improve survival. Seek treatment at a center with experience in melanoma. ...Read more

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Is nodule melanoma common under 30?

It does occur: Melanoma is a Cancer of the young people,so yet it does occur in 20 to 30 to 40 year olds. get yourself checked by a dermatologist if you have anything suspicious. ...Read more

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Could sun at the beach cause melanoma?

Depends On Skin Type: Melanoma is the deadliest of all skin cancers. Your risk of melanoma with sun exposure depends on your skin type. Skin that burns easily and never tans has a higher risk of developing melanoma than skin that is dark and almost never burns. As a rule, you should always wear sunscreen when exposed to the sun. Not only will that decrease your risk of melanoma, it also prevents premature aging. ...Read more

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How likely is a cure for 1.3mm melanoma?

See your doctor: See your doctor or dermatologist or plastic surgeon a s a p. Don't waste any time with melanoma (if it is melanoma). ...Read more

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How is stage 3 melanoma typically treated?

Surgery + immunoRx: Stage iii melanoma is usually where the regional lymph nodes are involved. The most common treatment is surgical removal of the lymph nodes, sometimes followed by additional treatments ("adjuvant") with immunotherapy, particularly interferons. There are also experimental drugs being tested. Some patients may receive radiation therapy. ...Read more

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What are the best possible ways to prevent melanoma?

Sunscreen+avoidance: It is generally thought that the best way to prevent melanoma is to avoid excessive sun exposure and to use sunscreen. However those measures will not completely protect someone from developing melanoma, particularly if they have sun sensitive skin or a family history or skin cancer or melanoma. ...Read more

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Is it possible for melanoma to kill you at any time?

Melanoma: Can spread. The chance of it spreading to other organs is greater the deeper the melanoma grows. That is why catching it early is important. Once it spreads, it can be deadly. ...Read more

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What is the length of time before melanoma metastasizes?

Variable: Early melanoma may be surgically cured and never metastasize. Melanoma with poor risk features such as deep, ulcerated, or involving lymph nodes has a higher risk of metastasizing. Additionally, new melanomas may form on someone that has already developed one. Followup with your dermatologist, surgeon, etc. Is recommended to find any early and decrease risk. ...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