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Please tell me if a lentiginous junctional dysplastic nevus is really melanoma in situ. My doctor won't respond.

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 more

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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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Most melanomas are brought to a doctor’s attention because of signs or symptoms a person is having. What are they?

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 more

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Doctors, what are the causes of metastatic melanoma?

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

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Doctors, what are the causes of melanoma cancers?

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

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Can nodular melanoma be caught early with monthly skin exams? Or does it grow too quick? Seems many doctors misdiagnose it which causes problems.

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

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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 more

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Should I have an excisional biopsy because doctor thinks it could be melanoma?

Probably: If the lesion is a non-melanomatous skin cancer, complete excision will be curative, while if its melanoma he'll need to do a wider excision and possibly a lymph node dissection, depending on the site. So unless there is some cosmetic contraindication i see nothing to lose with the excisional biopsy. ...Read more

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I have been getting a lot of moles lately. soon I'll be going to the doctor to see if I have melanoma. how do they check?

Yes: Any changes in your moles should be brought to the attention of your friendly dermatologist. Remember the ABCDE's of melanoma. Melanoma that is caught in the earliest of stages is highly treatable. ...Read more

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