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Doctor insights on: Lower Survival Rates Of Scalp And Neck Melanoma

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Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it.Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin(beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body .Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn.Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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If I had a melanoma on the back of my neck and it spread, which specific type of neck lymph nodes would it likely first spread to?

If I had a melanoma on the back of my neck and it spread, which specific type of neck lymph nodes would it likely first spread to?

Sentinel node: If surgical exploration is needed to look for lymph node draining the site of the lesion, a dye or radioactive isotope is injected at the site of the lesion and the dye or radioactivity is tracked to identify the first lymph node where the marker ends up. ...Read more

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I have what looks like a freckel in my scalp a liitle more orange looking abiut 3mm by 3mm flat, I am having it checked in two weeks, melanoma?

I have what looks like a freckel in my scalp a liitle more orange looking abiut 3mm by 3mm flat, I am having it checked in two weeks, melanoma?

Probably not: This is probably not melanoma but it is good that you are having it checked out particularly if it is new or if you think it has changed. Any lesion that is a-asymmetric, b- has irregular borders, c- has color variation, or d- looks different (is changing) should be considered suspicious. ...Read more

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Would an MRI show melanoma of scalp?

Would an MRI show melanoma of scalp?

No: If you have suspicious lesions anywhere they should be checked by a physician and possibly biopsied. ...Read more

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My mom had melanoma on neck got it removed and didn't spread! I got a skin check and I need 4 biopsies in a month to be safe. Why so long to get it?

My mom had melanoma on neck got it removed and didn't spread! I got a skin check and I need 4 biopsies in a month to be safe. Why so long to get it?

Your question?unclea: Not every mole needs to biopsied. An experienced physician/dermatologist exercises judgment and would only remove one or two suspicious lesions. You may benefit from seeing another doctor for a second opinion which will save you some money and avoid scars on your skin. ...Read more

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I have hard, non-mobile, non-tender, lymph nodes under my neck for 2 months and a history of melanoma. Should i be worried?

I have hard, non-mobile, non-tender, lymph nodes under my neck for 2 months and a history of melanoma. Should i be worried?

Yes: Depending on where your melanoma was located and what prior treatment you received, your current lymphadenopathy may or may not be related to your history. Nevertheless, additional work-up and biopsy (by fine needle aspiration or core biopsy) may be recommended for definitive characterization. ...Read more

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Can a neck mole get darker from sun exposure? It hasn't demonstrated any other other signs/symptoms of melanoma. I'm a 20 Y/O man. Biopsy in July.

Not likely: If the mole is changing over a fairly short period of time, you are right to get it evaluated and biopsied. While sunlight is implicated in the causation of melanoma, there is no evidence that it will change a mole that is pre-existing. ...Read more

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


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a 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