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Dr burned two moles off 6yr ago. No pathology. How would i know if there was a concern now re melanoma? What should I do now ?
Ablated nevi: If you don't have any growths in the scars that resulted from the ablation, its really unlikely you have anything to worry about. Ablation of moles does carry the risk of a delay in diagnosis of skin cancer but if you truly had something there, i would expect it to have showed itself by now. You do need to see your doctor if any growths or pigmentation develop. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 pathology report states junctional and lentiginous melanocytic nevus, extending to the peripheral edge. Is this melanoma?.
Mole, not cancer: Here is a translation of your path report: Junctional- location as it relates to depth in the skin, the junction between epidermis and dermis. lentiginous- means flat dark spot, melanocytic- made up of pigment cells (melanocytes), nevus - a lesion that contains nevus cells a type of melanocyte, aka "mole". This is a benign spot that appears to have been completely removed. Not a malignancy. ...Read more
Pathology said possible spitz nevus cells, surgery set in month. Should I find someone who can do it sooner? I've heard can be confused with melanoma.
Suspicious mole removed came back completely normal on pathology report. Is there a chance they could have missed a melanoma?
Pathology moderate atypical dysplastic nevus, recommend further excision. Is this cancer/melanoma?
How often do pathologists miss melanoma? I have a mole that grew back and although the pathology was normal, i still want the regrowth removed. But it would require excision which is a bit excessive.
Get 3rd opinion: Pigmented skin lesions are the most troublesome biopsies in pathology. The very fact of recurrence would make the original pathologist eager to have the glass slides seen by colleagues. Your physician can arrange this. And don't hesitate to have the lesion re-excised with a fair margin. A recurrent pigmented skin lesion probably looks nastier than any scar. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Learn your ABCD's: Definitive diagnosis is made by biopsy. Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. If you have a skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen as well for evaluation and possible biopsy. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Cancer of melanocyte: Melanoma is cancer of melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the body that contains melanocytes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Use ABCDE RULE: It's best to see a dermatologist but a good rule of thumb is the abcd guidelines a=asymmetry of lesion b=border is irregular c=colors are multiple and not consistent d=diameter is greater than 6mm e=evolution of lesion with changes and enlargement. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Skin cancer : Most skin cancers are the result of excessive sun exposure/tanning. Genetics play a strong role too. Any skin lesion that is changing size, color, shape or an area that does not heal is suspicious for skin cancer and should be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: In addition to the surgery mentioned, there are new drugs for melanoma. One, called ipilumimab, is not chemotherapy. It is an immunologic therapy that was approved for use in 2011. It is the first drug to improve survival in stage IV melanoma, and some patients are alive 5-6 years after diagnosis with stage IV melanoma while on the drug. Have hope! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Hopeful but not cure: Patients with a V600 BRAF mutation, approximately 40-60% of melanoma patients! and with metastatic/advanced disease may benefit from Debrafenib. However it is not a cure and it tend to prolong disease free survival rather and is typically used in combination with other treatments for optimal outcomes ...Read more
Hopefully: If the lesion is superficial, only excision of the skin site is needed. If it is deeper then removal of one or more of the lymph nodes in the area is usually recommended. If there is lymph node involvement, chemotherapyay help improve survival. Seek treatment at a center with experience in melanoma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sun protection!: Taking care of your skin is key to long term health and prevention of melanoma and other skin cancers. Regular and repeated use of sunblock as well as wide brim hats and sun rated long sleeve shirts and pants all will protect your skin and keep you looking younger as well. If you have a strong family history of melanoma or skin cancer, have a dermatologist give you a thorough exam. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers