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Is it possible to have a nodular melanoma mole for at least 2 years and not know it?

Is it possible to have a nodular melanoma mole for at least 2 years and not know it?

Yes: Yes, people can have melanoma for very long periods of time without knowing it, particularly if the melanoma is asymptomatic. However, the melanoma may have present for a shorter period of time as well. Difficult to know for certain. ...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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How common is metastatic melanoma? mole removed for biopsy & scared.Dr.said dont lose sleep over it but it was 7mm and irregular.had 1 hair. Been yrs

How common is metastatic melanoma? mole removed for biopsy & scared.Dr.said dont lose sleep over it but it was 7mm and irregular.had 1 hair. Been yrs

Common: Misdiagnosed and late diagnosed cases of melanoma frequently associated with metastasis. When first seen if lesion is thick, greater than 1.5 mm, has ulceration or a nodular component or ulcerated with bleeding, regional metastasis has probably occurred. After wide resection the high risk cases have sentinel nodes bx . When node + high chance for metastatic disease Hair uncommon in melanoma ...Read more

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Do I have a increased chance of melanoma if mole is scratched or some tissues on the mole gets removed?

Do I have a increased chance of melanoma if mole is scratched or some tissues on the mole gets removed?

Benign Moles: These benign moles stay benign even if you scratch them.Like skin, they are benign and scratching,etc did not make them change. If you have a new ''mole'' that you keep scratching and it bleeds,scabs and keeps repeating that sequence, then have the doctors look at it. ...Read more

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Lump between breasts, history of melanoma, malignant mole removed from directly across the location of the lump. Any chance it's just a cyst?

Lump between breasts, history of melanoma, malignant mole removed from directly across the location of the lump. Any chance it's just a cyst?

Wrong question: Please forgive my frankness. The only question you need to ask is, "Could it be CANCER?" With your cancer history, and the fact that this is a dominant mass where there's possibly breast tissue, you need to get seen. Period. Pick up the phone now. To be brave, act brave. We'll be thinking of you, and if it's benign / nothing / a lipoma / a cyst, you're a stronger and more skilled person. ...Read more

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Mole on hubbys chest that has a dark spot on it then I remember. He says hasn't changed. How fast does melanoma change a mole? Other signs?

Mole on hubbys chest that has a dark spot on it then I remember.  He says hasn't changed.  How fast does melanoma change a mole? Other signs?

Take a picture: If a mole becomes larger, irregular, changes color, bleeds, develops a ulcer or a nodule, it would be important to have it checked out and if needed removed. You may want to take a picture of the mole to compare it to the actual mole a later date, rather than relying on your memory of its appearance. see this site for info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/moles/basics/definition/con-20019745 ...Read more

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How likely is melanoma on a "mole" flat to skin, sole of foot has been there AT LEAST 10 years, doesn't seem to have changed and approx 4-5 mm. ?

How likely is melanoma on a "mole" flat to skin, sole of foot has been there AT LEAST 10 years, doesn't seem to have changed and approx 4-5 mm. ?

Unlikely: if not changed in 10 years not melanoma, keep eye on it , if does see dermatologist , if worried get it frozen off or cut out for peace of mind and any other moles[irregular borders, colors, shape, growing yes get off. ...Read more

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How do I know if my mole become melanoma?

Changes: Changes in size, shape, irregular borders, coloration can all signifiy malignant change. See a dermatologist asap if you have mole changes. ...Read more

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How can I tell if an existing mole is melanoma?

See a dermatologist: Definitely seek the opinion of your dermatologist. There are many mimics of melanoma. Luckily most existing moles do not evolve into melanoma. That said, most dermatologists will biopsy moles that have changed. "change" can mean it's color, size, shape, symptoms of itchiness, or even history of bleeding. ...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)

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