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Melanoma In Armpit
Unfortunately yes: Melanomas are most commonly caused by sun exposure, but they rarely do appear in strange places...I have seen/known patients who have had melanomas come up under their fingernails, in the mouth or sinuses, etc. If you notice any moles on your body which are changing, have them looked at. ...Read more
A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer 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 and ...Read more
My dermatologist found a melanoma on my arm. She will remove it tomorrow, how long till I know how serious it is?
Less than a week: If most of the lesion was sampled with a biopsy first then the severity or stage of the melanoma is known. Melanoma in situ and thin melanomas are excised with appropriate margins and the cure rate is extremely high. Once the dermatologist removes the lesion with appropriate margins there is a small chance that the pathologist may upstage the melanoma. It takes about a week to get results back. ...Read more
Melanoma/bruise: Melanoma can appear anywhere. The color is usually dark brown/black and irregular. Melanomas can be flat or a bump but don't usually have a bruise unless there has been trauma to the area on top of it. A bruise is caused by bleeding under the skin. A bruise can become dark, but eventually becomes lighter, green and then yellow. It will go away. If the lesion bleeds or gets larger, see a doc ...Read more
I have a mole on my arm that I noticed a tiny black speck in. I don't know how long it's been that way. Should I be concerned about melanoma?
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I have a small colourless lump on the top of my arm for 4wks. It has got slightly bigger in that time. I am concerned it might be a nodular melanoma
I had a surgery to remove melanoma, 2 years ago. It was in my upperarm. Now I'm having bad pain in my arm right arm and can barely lift it. I also have factor 5. What should I do?
I'm concerned I may have melanoma. I have multiple moles bothering me as well as other symptoms/signs. The one on my arm has changed from one small dark spot on it to 3 dark spots at least. The area around it and now and now pretty much my entire body is
Dermatological eval: See your dermatologist to find out what this is. ...Read more
Would melanoma from upper arm (pt2a 1.3mm superficial spreading, no ulceration) spread to node under chin?
Rare but possible: This depth of melanoma usually has about a 10% risk of sprading to lymph nodes. The most common site would be to the armpit lymph nodes, but melanoma is very evasive and can spread just about anywhere. Talk to your doctor/surgeon to see if you need the chin lymph node further evaluated. ...Read more
I picked off a small mole looking spot off of my arm (2mm.) I couldn't have picked off melanoma right? It came off easily and has been there 3+ years.
Pinkish red pimple like bump on my arm. What are the odds of nodular melanoma appearing this way? It has been there about a week.
Bump: A red bump of short duration may represent a pimple or cyst to name a couple of diagnoses. If the lesion persists for more than a few weeks, it should be diagnosed by a dermatologist to make sure it is not a nodular melanoma (typically but not always black in color) or basal cell carcinoma (bleeding, pearly, non healing growth). ...Read more
I have a small mole on my right arm. It's always been slightly raised. Seems different now though. Looks half white, half brown. Melanoma?
2mmRaised blood spot on arm at elbow 3 weeks no injury scratched it top came off very easily bleed very small amount now flat wound. Nodular melanoma?
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
There is a mole on my back. A surgeon told me its not melanoma. Around it there is pain and it causes pain to my right arm too. Infection?
Need exam: Now that you know what the mole "isn't", I would ask him/her what it "is". It sounds like you are have enough symptoms to warrant removing the mole and examining it under a microscope to see what it is. An infection should cause the skin to turn red, with swelling, and pus drainage. ...Read more
Noninvasive melanoma 8yrs ago on arm pain/tingling there now Dr says its scar tissue from the surgery...thoughts? Have rotator cuff tear same area
Melanoma and eye exams. My father had a zero stage melanoma removed from his arm about 5 years ago. Should he be seeing an eye doctor regularly to check for melanoma in his eye tissue? I keep trying to get him to the eye doctor - he clearly needs glasse
My dad has stage 3 melamoma cancer they removed the area infected and took out the infected lymph nodes under his armpit. Why are they givign him chemo?
To cure him!: Melanoma is a very aggressive cancer, sadly. Cancer cells leave the main cancer early and travel through the bloodstream. Even though your dad's cancer was removed surgically, those traveling cells must be killed. The only way to do this is with chemotherapy, which gets into every part of the body. His doc is trying to keep his melanoma from coming back! It's hard but it's what he needs. ...Read more
My doctor is sending me to a specialist regarding a lump under my armpit that may be skin cancer. How fast can it spread if it is not removed soon?
Depend on what it is:
First thing first. The answer will depend on what the lump really is?
See the specialist and have a biopsy done & other work-up then discuss result with your doctor. A lump under the arm pit can be caused by many things- infection, inflammation, cancer both solid and blood calncer etc. So first to see if this is cancer, if it is, then what cancer? Breast vs skin? Etc, then what stage? Etc. Etc, . ...Read more
Yes: Unfortunately you can get skin cancer anywhere. Most often skin cancer is caused by sun exposure but also sometimes caused by chronic wounds or inflammation or genetic problems. Also other cancers also metastasize to the armpit because of lymphatic drainage. If you see a change in color or a new bump- these things should prompt you to see a doctor to verify that it is not cancer. ...Read more
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Do I have skin cancer? Well I had this strange patch skin on my arm and one on the back of my neck I had it for I while
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Not clear: Please re-phrase your question - it is not clear. ...Read more
Have the lesion: Evaluated by a dermatologist. I encourage my patients to see their dermatologist annually for a head to toe evaluation. ...Read more
Can skin cancer pop? Had pink bump on arm that got bigger quickly. Popped it, clear fluid came out and it went flat but seems to be coming back now.
Just had a mole biopsy taken from my arm. If it does concern drs, what would be the next steps to testing me for skin cancer?
I got a light sun burn on my arm where I have some small scars. Should I be concerned about one of them becoming skin cancer in the future or no?
No: Exposure to sunlight does not cause transformation of fibrous scar tissue to malignancy. If pre existing nevi or evidence of a small ulcerating skin lesion appears, these are potential sites of further transformation with overexposure to sunlight ...Read more
My mom just found out a lesion on her arm is squamous cell skin cancer-- she was holding my newborn and he came in contact. Can he get it from her?
I have a mole on my left arm that feels bruised and the bruised feeling goes all the way around. Could this be a sign of skin cancer?
Probably not: There are many signs that could suggest that a mole could be cancerous. The usual signs of trouble are increasing size, change in coloration, bleeding, and change in shape. The sensation of "bruising" is not usually a sign of cancer. You should have this looked at by a qualified physician. Good luck! ...Read more
Asymmetrical burn like mark on arm, but NO burn. Was hot and sore, but now flat brown pigment like discolouration, like dirt. Skin cancer?
Is a skin biopsy the only way to determine skin cancer? I have a mole on my arm that I am concerned about. I am scared to death that if I go to the dermatologist that he will order a biopsy to be done. Are there any other, less invasive ways of determini
Skin cancer: Skin cancer can be suspected by looking, however, the only way to know for sure is to do a biopsy. There are some benign growths that may be suspicious of skin cancer and vice versa. The most important thing to remember is the earlier the diagnosis, the better the chances of a complete cure, particularly for melanoma. If diagnosed late, melanoma does not have very good treatments. ...Read more
Is there any itching associated with skin cancer? My doctor recently referred me to a Dermatologist about a suspicious mole on arm. Seems itchier now
Flat (no mole) spot on back of arm. No tenderness, no change to size or color. Had for at least month. Looks similar to a bruise. Skin cancer concern?
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