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Please tell me if a lentiginous junctional dysplastic nevus is really melanoma in situ. My doctor won't respond.
There is a subtle di: Melanoma in situ is different than a dysplastic nevus, but it is a continuum. They both need to be treated in the same manner, re-excision with a negative margin.But remember one is a cancer the other one is a precursor of cancer. So it has long term health implications for health insurance etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I have noticed a changing mole and scheduled an appointment with my family doctor in two weeks. If it is melanoma, is this too long to wait?
Dermatologist: Family MDs will always send you to a dermatologist. Just go to the dermatologist. ...Read more
Dear doctor. If your beloved has non melanoma skin cancer. And you love this person so much. Would you marry him . I am a disease freak. Please help.?
Yes: Marry the person you love if you both want to, no matter what. Love like this is too rare and precious to be unfulfilled. If you are a "disease freak", something probably happened to you in the past that is causing you to have these thoughts that you, yourself, recognize as groundless & are crippling you. Your physician knows how to treat the mind as well as the body -- ask about it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have vaginal malignant melanoma, and scheduled to do surgery next Tuesday. However, my doctor said the possibility to be cured is very low.
Gyn oncologist: I would recommend that if the surgeon scheduled to perform your surgery is not a gynecologic oncologist that you see one before your surgery. These doctors have the most training and experience in evaluating and treating cancers of the female organs and anatomy. Living in New York, you have access to some of the top specialists in the world. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with melanoma. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?
Skin exam &biopsy: Melanoma is diagnosed by performing a complete skin exam and by taking a sample (biopsy) of the suspicous areas. The skin biopsy is then examined under a microscope to determine if it is melanoma. See the picture to find out what typical melanoma moles look like. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most melanomas are brought to a doctor’s attention because of signs or symptoms a person is having. What are they?
ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can nodular melanoma be caught early with monthly skin exams? Or does it grow too quick? Seems many doctors misdiagnose it which causes problems.
Difficult : The reason why this type of melanoma is caught late because it spreads to the inside rather than spreading to the outside like other types of melanoma. Therefore, it is difficult to notice a change in the mile. Also, in melanoma, the deeper the lesion, the worse it is and the more likely to spread to other parts. This makes nodular melanoma more serious and aggressive as it grows deep. ...Read more
Sun exposure: Melanoma is mainly caused by sun exposure (this includes tanning beds). People with fair skin are more prone to developing it. There are also some rare genetic disorders that can also predispose you to getting melanoma. The best way to prevent it is to avoid prolonged sun exposure and use sunblock lotion. ...Read more
Melanoma=Mole Cancer: Cancerous moles, or melanoma can be genetic. Or they can arise from sun exposure to a mole. Sporadic exposure such as sunburns lead to a higher risk of melanomas in the moles. So a larger number of moles increases the melanoma risk. Redheads have a higher risk of melanoma. ...Read more
Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare 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 ...Read more
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