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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

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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Which type of melanoma cares the worst prognosis? Is it nodular o a melanotic melanoma?

Which type of melanoma cares the worst prognosis? Is it nodular o a melanotic melanoma?

Nodular melanoma: Three of the four types of melanoma remain superficial in the epidermis and grow RADIALLY (laterally), often for several years, before entering the VERTICAL GROWTH PHASE where they grow downward and invade the dermis with the potential to metastasize. The fourth type of melanoma is nodular melanoma which STARTS in the vertical growth phase and can metastasize from the outset. ...Read more

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Are small melanomas <5mm in diameter less likely to be invasive? Do they have better prognosis than melanomas of larger diameter?

Px/Melanoma/size: The prognosis of a melanoma ids based on depth of penetration into the dermis, simply. What is the depth usually does not related to surface size. Best to see in person opinions.. ...Read more

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1 melanoma 0.7mm + 1 nevoid melanoma 1 4mm + 2 insitu removed last 7 years and will be having two more moles removed soon, what is my prognosis?

1 melanoma 0.7mm + 1 nevoid melanoma 1 4mm + 2 insitu removed last 7 years and will be having two more moles removed soon, what is my prognosis?

Why the next surgery: 2 "moles" to be removed? Did the DR say WHY? Do they have certain features suggesting melanoma? If the lab finds BENIGN lesions, then you are done, nothing to worry about. If there is melanoma, it will be staged. The prognosis depends on the stage. You need to be thoroughly familiar with the features to look for as suggesting biopsy for melanoma. ...Read more

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Why does basal cell carcinoma have better prognosis than malignant melanoma?

Why does basal cell carcinoma have better prognosis than malignant melanoma?

Ability to travel: Basal cell carcinoma usually is limited to the site of disease. While it is possible for basal cell to metastasize it is very rare. In contrast melanoma travels through the lymphatic system and can form tumors in any location of the body. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of Spindle cell melanoma T4 lesion on the scalp? Other than the surgery, what other treatments have been successful?

What is the prognosis of Spindle cell melanoma T4 lesion on the scalp? Other than the surgery, what other treatments have been successful?

Micro: surgery is the only "curative" treatment! This may be accompanied by Radiation of draining lymph nodes.
IMMUNOTHERAPY is "ijn the works" but thus far does not seem to "add" life years!
Hope this is helpful/Good Luck!

Dr Z ...Read more

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What causes melanoma? I know too much sun causes melanoma, but what could cause it on skin that’s never exposed to sun?

What causes melanoma? I know too much sun causes melanoma, but what could cause it on skin that’s never exposed to sun?

Unknown: Apart from sun (uv light), it's not entirely clear what causes melanoma. Mutations in many genes have been discovered such as braf, nras, and c-kit but much more research needs to be done. ...Read more

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Melanoma has an overall cure rate of around 80-90%. Superficial and lentigo are in the high 90's. What is Nodular overall?

Melanoma has an overall cure rate of around 80-90%. Superficial and lentigo are in the high 90's. What is Nodular overall?

Nodular Melanoma: At the earliest detection and treatment nodular melanoma may have a cure rate of 95%. People should remember that not all melanoma develops in a changing mole. It may also appear from a previous lesion and may look like an awkward scar or cyst. It may also appear like a non-healing bruise or nail streak.
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Most melanomas are brought to a doctor’s attention because of signs or symptoms a person is having. What are they?

Most melanomas are brought to a doctor’s attention because of signs or symptoms a person is having. What are they?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with
asymmetry
boarders that are irregular
color differences within the same mole
diameter greater than 6mm

also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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Can melanoma show up overnite?

Can melanoma show up overnite?

NO: It's been there; you just never noticed it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about melanoma?

Can you tell me about melanoma?

Skin malignancy: Malignant melanoma is a highly malignant skin tumor, that if not brought under control by early surgical removal will metastasize to almost every organ in the body. Most important factor for aggressiveness was first Clarks level measuring depth of penetration but later changed to Breslows classification for thickness. Lesion less than 1mm favorable, more than 2 mm. Not good. ...Read more

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How common is melanoma under 5mm?

How common is melanoma under 5mm?

Not common: But possible, especially if it is growing and has characteristic appearance. It is best to show it to your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can anybody tell me what melanomas?

Type of skin cancer: Melanoma is a very dangerous form of skin cancer, caused by the pigment producing cells of the skin. The skin is not the only place that melanomas form, because melanocytes (the cells that go bad) occur in many areas of the body. Skin melanoma is on the increase, but our ability to catch it early is also improving. If you have a changing skin mole, get it examined! ...Read more

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How many people under 18 has melanoma?

Melanoma: Here are statistics from the national cancer institute -- cancer. Gov on melanoma. Melanoma rates are rising amongst people under 18. Stay safe in the sun -- use sunscreen daily, stay in the shade as much as possible. Reapply sunscreen frequently, don't use tanning beds

http://seer. Cancer. Gov/statfacts/html/melan. Html ...Read more

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I had melanoma 9 years ago...What are the chances of it returning again?

I had melanoma 9 years ago...What are the chances of it returning again?

Varies: At this point you are probably more at risk for developing a new melanoma than the original coming back. Remember to wear sunblock and limit your exposure to uv radiation and continue to see your friendly dermatologist for routine skin examinations. ...Read more

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Can surgery repair melanoma?

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 more

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Is nodule melanoma common under 30?

It does occur: Melanoma is a Cancer of the young people, so yet it does occur in 20 to 30 to 40 year olds. Get yourself checked by a dermatologist if you have anything suspicious. ...Read more

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Could sun at the beach cause melanoma?

Depends On Skin Type: Melanoma is the deadliest of all skin cancers. Your risk of melanoma with sun exposure depends on your skin type. Skin that burns easily and never tans has a higher risk of developing melanoma than skin that is dark and almost never burns. As a rule, you should always wear sunscreen when exposed to the sun. Not only will that decrease your risk of melanoma, it also prevents premature aging. ...Read more

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How likely is a cure for 1.3mm melanoma?

See your doctor: See your doctor or dermatologist or plastic surgeon a s a p. Don't waste any time with melanoma (if it is melanoma). ...Read more

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How is stage 3 melanoma typically treated?

Surgery + immunoRx: Stage iii melanoma is usually where the regional lymph nodes are involved. The most common treatment is surgical removal of the lymph nodes, sometimes followed by additional treatments ("adjuvant") with immunotherapy, particularly interferons. There are also experimental drugs being tested. Some patients may receive radiation therapy. ...Read more

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What are the best possible ways to prevent melanoma?

Sunscreen+avoidance: It is generally thought that the best way to prevent melanoma is to avoid excessive sun exposure and to use sunscreen. However those measures will not completely protect someone from developing melanoma, particularly if they have sun sensitive skin or a family history or skin cancer or melanoma. ...Read more

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Is it possible for melanoma to kill you at any time?

Melanoma: Can spread. The chance of it spreading to other organs is greater the deeper the melanoma grows. That is why catching it early is important. Once it spreads, it can be deadly. ...Read more

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What is the length of time before melanoma metastasizes?

Variable: Early melanoma may be surgically cured and never metastasize. Melanoma with poor risk features such as deep, ulcerated, or involving lymph nodes has a higher risk of metastasizing. Additionally, new melanomas may form on someone that has already developed one. Followup with your dermatologist, surgeon, etc. Is recommended to find any early and decrease risk. ...Read more

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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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Melanoma and lupus related?

Melanoma and lupus related?

Autoimmune, malignanc: Malignant melanoma is a malignant skin cancer that can metastasize. It is seen in pigmented skin lesions. Lupus is an abnormal body response that forms antibodies that can harm vital organs and skin. ...Read more

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What is metastatic melanoma?

What is metastatic melanoma?

Skin cancer: In its most typical form, melanoma is a cancer that originates in cells of the skin called melanocytes. In some cases melanoma can spread to other organs from the skin. When it spreads, it is called metastatic melanoma. ...Read more

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What is a malignant melanoma?

What is a malignant melanoma?

Skin cancer: In its most typical form, melanoma is a cancer that originates in cells of the skin called melanocytes. In some cases melanoma can spread to other organs from the skin. More rare types of melanoma start in the eyes, colon, mouth, bladder and other organs. ...Read more

Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...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