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What is melanoma skin cancer?

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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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

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


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Nodular melanoma prognosis?

Nodular melanoma prognosis?

Melanoma prognosis: It's hard to tell based on no information provided. The depth of melanoma involvement and the size of the tumor are needed to prognosticate. ...Read more

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New raised mole on skin: could it be melanoma?

New raised mole on skin: could it be melanoma?

Could be: It could be, particularly if it is asymmetrical in its color distribution, has irregular border, has color variation, and a diameter larger than a pencil eraser. Get it checked out if it concerns you; a good dermatologist can suggest if this really needs to be biopsied or removed. ...Read more

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Can a birthmark mole become malignant?

Can a birthmark mole become malignant?

Maliganat % of mole: There are a small % of birthmarks that have the potential of becoming cancerous. Best to see a doctor in person for examination. ...Read more

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Is subungual melanoma dangerous?

Is subungual melanoma dangerous?

Yes: If you have an area beneath your nail that is dark, and doesn't resolve like a bruise normally would, then please get it assessed. ...Read more

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Are red moles cancerous?

Are red moles cancerous?

usually not: Black/brown moles are more likely to be cancerous. Most red ones do not change and are typically benign. But if the mole you have gets bigger , like more than one cm in size, then you should go see your doctor to be sure that it is benign. ...Read more

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Is hydatidiform mole hereditary?

Is hydatidiform mole hereditary?

No.: A hydratidiform mole occurs in a molar pregnancy. This is an abnormal form of pregnancy where a egg that had lost its dna becomes fertilized by sperm (complete mole) or an egg becomes fertilized by two sperm or a sperm that has duplicated itself (partial mole). Molar pregnancies occur randomly, in about 1/1000 pregnancies, and cannot survive. They can develop into choriocarcinoma, a form of cancer. ...Read more

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Are all asymmetrical moles melanoma?

Are all asymmetrical moles melanoma?

No: Asymmetry is one sign of melanoma (along with non-smooth borders, color, and size (diameter= abcd). But many benign moles are asymmetric, as well. Have it checked out. If a melanoma, the office visit may be life saving - if benign, you will be reassured and can stop worrying. ...Read more

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Does irregularly on moles always resemble melanoma?

ABCDEFG: No. Only one of danger signs. ABCDEFG danger signs: Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Colour variation, Diameter >6 mm, Elevated, Firm, Growing progressively for a month or more. See a dermatologist to make sure mole is safe. ...Read more

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Is mole removal blistering next to mole normal?

Is mole removal blistering next to mole normal?

Get it checked: Anytime there is a change in the character of a mole in terms of size, color or pain it should be evaluated by a dermatologist or family doctor. Red color indicates blood from increased growth or trauma. There are some growths that are primarily vascular and can be treated with laser instead of excision. ...Read more

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Is seborrheic keratosis a malignant skin cancer tumor?

No: Sk's are nonmalignant tumors, nor are they premalignant. They often grow on sun damaged skin, so they often show up in the same areas which are at risk for skin cancers. Sk's require no treatment. See a md for eval & diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can getting noncancerous moles removed prevent melanoma?

Can getting noncancerous moles removed prevent melanoma?

NO: It only accomplishes removal of the moles. One prevents melanoma by careful avoidance of sun damage as a youth (think of the teen years), not using tobacco products and having a negative family history. If you have many moles, it is wise to seek an annual dermatology consultation with biopsy of suspicious lesions. ...Read more

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Does itchy moles necessary means melanoma?

Does itchy moles necessary means melanoma?

1 symptom: It can actually be a symptom. Follow A, B, C, D. Asymmetry-can you cut the lesion in half and have 2 mirror images. Border-is it irregular? Color-any changes? Diameter-larger than 6 mm? ...Read more

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Is dysplastic nevus benign?

Is dysplastic nevus benign?

DYSPLASTIC NEVUS: THIS IS A NEVUS (MOLE) WITH AN ABNORMAL DEVELOPMENT OR GROWTH OF CELLS. THIS SHOULD BE SEEN BY A DERMATOLOGIST WHO WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO EITHER WATCH IT PERIODICALLY OR TO CUT IT OUT -- BIOPSY IT -- UNDER LOCAL ANESTHESIA AND THEN SEND THE SAMPLE TO A SPECIALIZED PATHOLOGIST FOR AN EXAMINATION. ...Read more

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Can a scratched malignant melanoma/amelanotic nodular melanoma heal to look like normal skin?

Can a scratched malignant melanoma/amelanotic nodular melanoma heal to look like normal skin?

They grow deep.: It's doubtful that a melanoma with the top scratched off in any way would appear like normal skin, as they tend to grow deep and not superficially. But if there's really any concern about melanoma, see a Dermatologist right away. ...Read more

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Is a mole always cancerous?

Is a mole always cancerous?

Mole: The vast majority of moles are not cancerous and never will become cancerous. ...Read more

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Could cancer moles only mean skin cancer?

Could cancer moles only mean skin cancer?

Not sure: I'm really not sure how to answer your question. If you have been diagnosed by a pathologist with "cancer moles" that could mean that you have skin cancer, but most doctors do not use a term like "cancer mole". Doctors usually use more specific terms like "squamous cell carcinoma", "basal cell carcinoma", "melanoma", etc. If you could tell me exactly what the pathologist said, i could explain. ...Read more

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Skin lesion appeared overnight is it cancer?

Skin lesion appeared overnight is it cancer?

Unlikely: Cancer takes many years to form; so it is unlikely for a lesion that appears overnight to be cancerous. ...Read more

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Is melanoma genetic?

Is melanoma genetic?

Sometimes: There are a portion of melanomas that have a genetic inheritance, e.G, the dysplastic nevus syndrome. We are not yet certain about exactly how the inheritance works for this. Other rare inherited conditions also increase the risk of melanoma and other cancers too. Finally, there are a large number of melanomas that have no inherited predispostion as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

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