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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
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
Do I have a increased chance of melanoma if mole is scratched or some tissues on the mole gets removed?
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
Sister has 50+ flat big moles.when she didn't know it was risky she used to sunbath frequently.how can she eliminate risk of melanoma?remove all mole?
Multi/moles/Tx: Best to see dermatologist for body mapping and possible multiple bxs... ...Read more
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
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. ?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers