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Doctor insights on: Melanoma And Grafted Skin

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How effective is skin grafting for treating melanoma?

How effective is skin grafting for treating melanoma?

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

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


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After the surgical removal of the melanoma, will I need a skin graft?

After the surgical removal of the melanoma, will I need a skin graft?

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 more

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Are melanomas usually a reddish pink irregular looking patch on skin? about the size of a pencil eraser?

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

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What causes melanoma? I know too much sun causes melanoma, but what could cause it on skin that’s never exposed to sun?

What causes melanoma? I know too much sun causes melanoma, but what could cause it on skin that’s never exposed to sun?

Unknown: Apart from sun (uv light), it's not entirely clear what causes melanoma. Mutations in many genes have been discovered such as braf, nras, and c-kit but much more research needs to be done. ...Read more

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What increases my risk for melanoma of the skin?

Exposure to UV: Exposure to uv light, either from the sun or tanning beds is the leading preventable risk factor in melanoma. The uncountable risk factor is heredity. ...Read more

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Does melanoma that has spread to a distant skin site look like a melanoma?

Does melanoma that has spread to a distant skin site look like a melanoma?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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What is melanoma skin cancer?

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 more

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How common is melanoma skin cancer?

How common is melanoma skin cancer?

21 per 100k people: 21 per 100000 men and women per year. It is estimated 76, 690 new cases and 9480 deaths in 2013 due to melanoma. ...Read more

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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


Graft (Definition)

Tissues from one location are transferred to another . Also refers to ...Read more