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Dr. Travis Kidner
2,580 doctors shared insights

Melanoma (Overview)

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 and in the eyes.


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Is a two colored mole pr definition melanoma?

Is a two colored mole pr definition melanoma?

It's complicated: Any suspicious mole should be checked by your doctor. Moles with multiple colors are surely more suspicious for melanoma, but not definitive. On the other hand, some melanomas have no pigmentation, making them much harder to diagnose. ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
2,580 doctors shared insights

Melanoma (Overview)

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 and in the eyes.


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How does melanoma spread throughout the body?

How does melanoma spread throughout the body?

Via blood and lymph: Like other cancers, melanomas spread (metastasize) via 2 pathways. First, via the lymph system, where the tumor gets caught in lymph nodes. Sentinel node biopsy is helpful to determine lymph node involvement. Next, it can spread via the blood. That's how melanoma can go from your skin anywhere to the brain, lung, liver, etc. It's propensity to do this makes melanoma so dangerous. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Tip)

Living with Skin Cancer

Many non melanoma skin cancers can be treated very effectively by mohs surgery. See a dermatologist! ...See more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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Which symptom did you have of melanoma?

Which symptom did you have of melanoma?

Use ABCDE RULE: It's best to see a dermatologist but a good rule of thumb is the abcd guidelines a=asymmetry of lesion b=border is irregular c=colors are multiple and not consistent d=diameter is greater than 6mm e=evolution of lesion with changes and enlargement. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of melanoma if it has spread?

Many disguises: I have seen melanoma spread nearly everywhere you can imagine, and the site of metastasis dictates the symptoms that may occur. Common sites include lymph nodes, lung, liver, bone, and small intestine. Lymph nodes: a lump in the underarm, neck, or groin. Lung: cough, shortness of breath or bloody sputum. Liver: jaundice or pain. Bone: pain or fracture. Small intestine: bloody bm, blockage. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Tip)

Living with Skin Cancer

Most nonmelanoma skin cancers are curable if detected early, so get a skin check at least once/ year. ...See more

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The last couple of months i discovered a black spot on the roof of my mouth. I don't smoke, pretty healthy (low vit. D).Sign of cancer? Melanoma?

The last couple of months i discovered a black spot on the roof of my mouth. I don't smoke,  pretty healthy (low vit. D).Sign of cancer? Melanoma?

Depends: All black spots are not cancers or melanoma, but it they change in shape, size or color, they need to be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose melanoma?

Biopsy: Any suspicious looking skin lesion, esp if it grows fast or changes in color or starts bleeing, needs to be biopsied. It will reveal melanoma if present. ...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