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My dermatologist found a melanoma on my arm. She will remove it tomorrow, how long till I know how serious it is?

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

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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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Would melanoma from upper arm (pt2a 1.3mm superficial spreading, no ulceration) spread to node under chin?

Would melanoma from upper arm  (pt2a 1.3mm superficial spreading, no ulceration) spread to node under chin?

Not likely but...: Melanoma doesn't always spread in a predictable manner. Even though your tumor was small and superficial. You should complete your staging work up with a pet or pet/ct scan to evaluate any risk of disease elsewhere. ...Read more

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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

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

Symptoms not due to: Melanoma in situ or lentigo maligna was cured 8 years ago. Symptoms related to shoulder or neck. Should be checked yearly by dermatologist. Cured from 1 skin cancer= increased risk of future skin cancer. ...Read more

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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

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

Sure: It is unlikely that he will develop melanoma in the eye. But he should definitely see his eye for an exam and to get those glasses. Also he should be seeing a dermatologist several times a year. Once you develop on melanoma, you are more likely to develop more. ...Read more

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Pinkish mark on arm...now bigger and purple...melanoma cancer?

Pinkish mark on arm...now bigger and purple...melanoma cancer?

Dermatologist: If this skin lesion stands out from any other skin lesions and doesn't recede, get it checked by a dermatologist for peace of mind. ...Read more

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Worried about a mole on my arm, it may be melanoma. How to tell?

Worried about a mole on my arm, it may be melanoma. How to tell?

See a Dermatologist: Dermatologists are specialists on all types of skin conditions and can evaluate the mole on your arm. They can let you know if the lesion needs to be biopsied to see if it is, or is not, a melanoma. ...Read more

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Can Melanoma appear as a 1 inch irregular diameter blue/grey bruise? On the upper outside arm?

Can Melanoma appear as a 1 inch irregular diameter blue/grey bruise? On the upper outside arm?

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

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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.

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.

Mole: Give the area some time to heal, say 2 w ekes, then see a dermatologist to have the area checked. It is not possible to say what was removed by your fingernails, but melanoma is unlikely. Not a good idea to pick at skin lesions. ...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