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Dr. Travis Kidner
2,633 Doctors shared insights

Melanoma (Overview)

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
2,633 Doctors shared insights

Melanoma (Overview)

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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Melanoma (Tip)

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

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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?

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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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?

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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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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When they do a test for melanoma?

When they do a test for melanoma?

Unclear questions: We all need to watch for pigmented skin lesions. If there is a change in size, shape, nodule formation, bleeding, change in color, the lesion needs to be evaluated by a doctor. Diagnsis requires removal of the lesion and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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What are the tests for intraocular melanoma?

What are the tests for intraocular melanoma?

Eye exam: An eye examination by an ophthamologist is usually how the diagnosis is made. More detailed examination by a specialist in retinas or ocular oncology may follow. A biopsy can be done by the specialist. ...Read more

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How should you know if you have melanoma?

How should you know if you have melanoma?

Skin cancer: Most skin cancers are the result of excessive sun exposure/tanning. Genetics play a strong role too. Any skin lesion that is changing size, color, shape or an area that does not heal is suspicious for skin cancer and should be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is tanning safe, or does it cause melanoma?

Not safe: Tanning is not safe and is not recommended for anyone. It increases the risk of skin cancer and accelerates facial and body aging. Sunscreen with titanium and zinc can help protect you from uva and uvb rays, but avoiding sun exposure is best. Spray tanning and tanning lotions are a reasonable alternative to achieve a bronzed look, but they may not be safe for pregnant/ lactating women. ...Read more

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What is melanoma and is it treatable?

Malignant Melanoma: Is a skin cancer which can be aggressive. It is treatable but best outcome is with early diagnosis (low Clarke's level) and early treatment. ...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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