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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
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
What is the prognosis for survival for a man who is 61 that has melanoma skin cancer with recurring lesions?
Are small melanomas <5mm in diameter less likely to be invasive? Do they have better prognosis than melanomas of larger diameter?
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
What is the prognosis of Spindle cell melanoma T4 lesion on the scalp? Other than the surgery, what other treatments have been successful?
What causes melanoma? I know too much sun causes melanoma, but what could cause it on skin that’s never exposed to sun?
Melanoma has an overall cure rate of around 80-90%. Superficial and lentigo are in the high 90's. What is Nodular overall?
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.
Most melanomas are brought to a doctor’s attention because of signs or symptoms a person is having. What are they?
Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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