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Melanoma And Grafted Skin
Not a treatment: Skin grafting is not a treatment for melanoma. There are multiple treatments available depending on the extent of the disease. Excision of the melanoma whether via traditional surgery or Moh's excision can leave a defect or gap in the skin and skin grafting is often used to fill that defect and recreate the barrier function of your skin. ...Read more
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
Maybe: The reconstruction after excision of a melanoma depends on the size and depth of the lesion as well as the location. Small lesions may be closed primarily while other lesions may need a local flap to close them. For larger defects, one may need a skin graft. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are melanomas usually a reddish pink irregular looking patch on skin? about the size of a pencil eraser?
Yes it can be: Most melanomas are mixtures of brown/black or tan color. Reddish pink would be uncommon. but watch for changes such as further enlargement in size or changes in color. If it gets bigger, get it removed. You could watch it for a few months and decide if it needs to be checked by your doctor in order to be certain. ...Read more
What causes melanoma? I know too much sun causes melanoma, but what could cause it on skin that’s never exposed to sun?
I recently had stitches after a margin of skin was removed due to melanoma. My upper stitches have been removed but I still have the disintegrating ones and the area where they are is in so much pain I don't know what to do.?
Melanoma: Generally, a melanoma that has spread to another skin site resembles the primary lesion in that it is black and variegated in its depth of coloration. Sometimes, the metastatic lesion loses its color and appears flesh-colored. However, that is less common. Either way, the new lesion needs to be examined immediately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Approximately how long does it take for a melanoma to go deeper than .50 mm into the skin. I know there are many variables .I just ask for approximati?
A guess: Melanomas can behave quite differently. Some can stay relatively dormant for years, while others grow like wild fire. I would estimate that a superficial spreading melanoma (the most common type) would reach 0.5 mm in depth in about 6 months to 2 years from its inception. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Aggressive cancer: Melanoma develops from melanocytes cells of the lower layers in the skin. These cells produce pigments and the color of skin. When they form into cancer it can grow radially and deeply which can be dangerous as it can subsequently spread to other areas of the body. There are genetic predispositions as well as ultraviolet radiation exposure and sunburns are risk factors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers