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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, with the cancerous (malignant) cells growing ...Read more


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Is subungual melanoma dangerous?

Is subungual melanoma dangerous?

Yes: If you have an area beneath your nail that is dark, and doesn't resolve like a bruise normally would, then please get it assessed. ...Read more

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Do moles with mild atypia raise concerns about melanoma?

Do moles with mild atypia raise concerns about melanoma?

Yes: Specifically, they warn that the next mole may well be malignant -- you may well have a genetic predisposition. Do keep an eye on your moles. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Yes: In fact, this is fairly common. No one knows where spitz nevus leaves off and a melanoma capable of metastasizing begins. This is one of the hardest calls in pathology, and some say it's impossible. The burning question will be whether to do additional surgery. ...Read more

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Can a scratched malignant melanoma/amelanotic nodular melanoma heal to look like normal skin?

Can a scratched malignant melanoma/amelanotic nodular melanoma heal to look like normal skin?

They grow deep.: It's doubtful that a melanoma with the top scratched off in any way would appear like normal skin, as they tend to grow deep and not superficially. But if there's really any concern about melanoma, see a Dermatologist right away. ...Read more

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What is melanoma skin cancer?

What is melanoma skin cancer?

Aggressive cancer: Melanoma develops from melanocytes cells of the lower layers in the skin. These cells produce pigments and the color of skin. When they form into cancer it can grow radially and deeply which can be dangerous as it can subsequently spread to other areas of the body. There are genetic predispositions as well as ultraviolet radiation exposure and sunburns are risk factors. ...Read more

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Please tell me if a lentiginous junctional dysplastic nevus is really melanoma in situ. My doctor won't respond.

There is a subtle di: Melanoma in situ is different than a dysplastic nevus, but it is a continuum. They both need to be treated in the same manner, re-excision with a negative margin.But remember one is a cancer the other one is a precursor of cancer. So it has long term health implications for health insurance etc. ...Read more

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What to do about melanoma; skin cancer.?

What to do about melanoma; skin cancer.?

Melanoma: Things to do about melanoma: 1. Prevention: avoid sun exposure between 10am & 4pm. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. 2. Detection: get to know your skin, do monthly skin self exam, including genital/perianal area. Show new or changing moles to dermatologist asap if melanoma is diagnosed early, chances of cure are high. No truly effective tx for late/metastatic melanoma. Early detection is key. ...Read more

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Is malignant melanoma totally curable?

Is malignant melanoma totally curable?

No: It depends on the stage. Stage ia has about a 98% cure rate, but most people with stage 4 will not be cured with any of the treatments that we have available. ...Read more

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Is metastatic melanoma preventable?

Is metastatic melanoma preventable?

Yes and No: Certain genetic conditions may predispose someone to malignant melanoma. But there are certainly things that can be done to boost one's immune system to fight cancers. And those with irregular moles should be seen at least yearly by their doctor or dermatologist to remove suspicious moles. Therefore, preventing a metastatic process. ...Read more

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Can getting noncancerous moles removed prevent melanoma?

Can getting noncancerous moles removed prevent melanoma?

NO: It only accomplishes removal of the moles. One prevents melanoma by careful avoidance of sun damage as a youth (think of the teen years), not using tobacco products and having a negative family history. If you have many moles, it is wise to seek an annual dermatology consultation with biopsy of suspicious lesions. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the difference in malignant melanoma and metastatic melanoma?

Melanoma: Malignant means cancerous. It's redundant to say malignant melanoma, as all melanoma is cancerous (although the term is still used). Metastatic means that it has spread to lymph nodes or other organs of the body. ...Read more

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Mri shows benign looking 1.6 cm supraclavicular node-dr recommends I see hemotologist oncologist. Possibly malignant even if benign looking? Lymphoma?

Mri shows benign looking 1.6 cm supraclavicular node-dr recommends I see hemotologist oncologist. Possibly malignant even if benign looking? Lymphoma?

Excision.: If this node is easily accessible, then it should be removed for definitive diagnosis. Tests like ultrasound and MRI can suggest benignity or malignancy, but taking it out and sending it to the lab would give us the most accurate and reliable answer. Bring the MRI to a surgeon and see about having it removed. ...Read more

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Safe to get pregnant with history of malignant melanoma?

Controversial: A very good question, and the answer is not clear. Some experts believe that pregnancy increases the risk of melanoma and advise women with a melanoma history to avoid pregnancy, or at least wait several years. Others say the evidence to support that recommendation is not convincing. Until we have a definite answer i would be very cautious; if you get pregnant, have your skin examined frequently. ...Read more

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Possible for a needle biopsy get benign tumor to become malignant cancer?

Possible for a needle biopsy get benign tumor to become malignant cancer?

No, but...: It may be possible for a mass to have a focus of cancer cells that are not sampled when a needle biopsy is done. (sampling error). Depends on the tumor, site, size, etc. If in doubt, remove the entire mass, not just a needle biopsy. ...Read more

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Are all asymmetrical moles melanoma?

Are all asymmetrical moles melanoma?

No: Asymmetry is one sign of melanoma (along with non-smooth borders, color, and size (diameter= abcd). But many benign moles are asymmetric, as well. Have it checked out. If a melanoma, the office visit may be life saving - if benign, you will be reassured and can stop worrying. ...Read more

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Please explain: 5 CM irregular splenic lesion. Differential diagnosis lymphoma and splenic metastasis. Could this be cancer?

Please explain: 5 CM irregular splenic lesion. Differential diagnosis lymphoma and splenic metastasis. Could this be cancer?

Yes: Both are forms of cancer. It could also be a benign hemangioma, an epidermoid cyst, an infart (how's your overall vascular health?) or any of a number of other entities. What to do next will depend on your history and physical exam. You're in no immediate danger but this very much needs to be followed up. Many of the lymphomas especially are very curable with today's biotech. ...Read more

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Could a person take plexxikon if they have malignant melanoma, stage 4?

Could a person take plexxikon if they have malignant melanoma, stage 4?

Studies are underway: There are studies currently underway of this drug in certain cases of stage IV melanoma. It is only available in a research studies, in certain locations, and only patients who meet strict entry criteria are eligible. Patients and families can find these studies listed at www.clinicaltrials.gov ...Read more

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Could cancer moles only mean skin cancer?

Could cancer moles only mean skin cancer?

Not sure: I'm really not sure how to answer your question. If you have been diagnosed by a pathologist with "cancer moles" that could mean that you have skin cancer, but most doctors do not use a term like "cancer mole". Doctors usually use more specific terms like "squamous cell carcinoma", "basal cell carcinoma", "melanoma", etc. If you could tell me exactly what the pathologist said, i could explain. ...Read more

Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

A type of cancer that develops from pigment-containing ...Read more