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I have a mole,when I wake up it feels flat and later that day it feels more fat.Like it Shrinks then grows everyday.No other signs of melanoma.Normal?

I have a mole,when I wake up it feels flat and later that day it feels more fat.Like it Shrinks then grows everyday.No other signs of melanoma.Normal?

Likely so: Do not obsess over the mole. If it increases to twice its size, bleeds, develops a nodule or changes color, see a doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...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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About 5 mm black spot on my toenail. It's on the white part (the nail where it grows). The spot grew bigger upward in 2 day. Could it be melanoma?

About 5 mm black spot on my toenail. It's on the white part (the nail where it grows). The spot grew bigger upward in 2 day. Could it be melanoma?

Trauma?: Do you remember any trauma to the toenail? A collection of blood underneath the toenail can also appear like this. The safest thing to do is to show this to your friendly dermatologist. While it would be rare of a 20 year old to have a melanoma, it does happen occasionally. Remember to protect your skin. Limit your exposure to UV radiation. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 ...Read more

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1 day after mole was shave biopsied for cosmetic reasons, there is a blackish/blue spot left over.Dr never thought melanoma but now i'm worried!cause?

1 day after mole was shave biopsied for cosmetic reasons, there is a blackish/blue spot left over.Dr never thought melanoma but now i'm worried!cause?

Information: What you see is what is left over from the procedure. The entire mole should be removed. Generally it is usually possible to tell a good mole from a bad one, but not always. Many authorities believe that mole removal should always be complete. Gemerally a shave biopsy does not remove the deep layers. Treatment and prognosis of melanoma depend on precise thickness measurement. ...Read more

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Can a normal brown mole that turns black with an irregular red border overnight be all of a suddden melanoma? Could it be from a rhogam shot the day before in the same arm?

Can a normal brown mole that turns black with an irregular red border overnight be all of a suddden melanoma?  Could it be from  a rhogam shot the day before in the same arm?

Have it checked: Unless the injection was directly into the mole, an injection in same arm at another site should not have caused the changes you described. Please have it checked asap. ...Read more

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Can a recurrent Nevus be misdiagnosed as melanoma or dysplastic if the pathologist is not aware of previous biopsy or laser ablation?

Can a recurrent Nevus be misdiagnosed as melanoma or dysplastic if the pathologist is not aware of previous biopsy or laser ablation?

False DX of melanoma: When a benign or dysplastic nevus grows back after biopsy, and is re-biopsied or excised, it may now show features that closely mimic a melanoma under the microscope. This melanoma-like pattern is called "recurrent nevus phenomenon." A pathologist might accidentally misdiagnose a benign, recurrent nevus as melanoma, if they don't know (or don't suspect) it was previously biopsied. ...Read more

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What is melanoma?

Skin cancer: Melanoma is a cancer that develops in the melanocytes, pigmented cells of the outer layer of skin. While it is related to sun and uv radiation, it is possible to get melanoma in areas that receive minimal sun exposure. Melanoma is generally considered the most dangerous form of skin cancer, more likely to metastasize than the more common basal or squamous cell cancers. ...Read more

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What is a melanoma?

A type of skin cance: Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that arises from the pigmented cells (melanocytes) in the skin. In general, it is more malignant than the other two common skin cancer types (basal cell and squamous cell), but early melanoma has a good prognosis. Look online for the abcde for diagnosing melanoma. If you have a suspicious mole - have it checked out by a deramatologist. It could save your life! ...Read more

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How is melanoma diagnosed?

How is melanoma diagnosed?

Learn your ABCD's: Definitive diagnosis is made by biopsy. Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. If you have a skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen as well for evaluation and possible biopsy. ...Read more

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What exactly is a melanoma?

Cancer of melanocyte: Melanoma is cancer of melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the body that contains melanocytes. ...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