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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. 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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If you scratch off the top layer of a melanoma will it grow back? I don't have one, I am just curious.

If you scratch off the top layer of a melanoma will it grow back? I don't have one, I am just curious.

Yes: Melanomas need to be completely excised with an appropriate margin based on the thickness of the melanoma to ensure it won't reoccur at that site. ...Read more

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Can melanoma show up on women's back?

Can melanoma show up on women's back?

Black moles: Women and men can both get melanomas due to excessive sun exposure and genetics. Melanomas do not discriminate. Any exposed skin can get them including your feet and toes. Be sun careful and use sunscreen SPF 30 and above, hats and limit your time out in the sun. ...Read more

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Can melanoma cause rash on the back?

Can melanoma cause rash on the back?

Not usually: A rash is not a common symptom of melanoma. But it is important to bring this rash to the attention of your friendly dermatologist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of malignant melanoma on your back?

What are the symptoms of malignant melanoma on your back?

Skin mole: Melanoma doesn't usually hurt or cause symptoms. Sometimes it itches or bleeds easily. If it is very large it can cause pain. If it has spread to other organs it can also cause symptoms. But if it is small and just on the back, it doesn't cause much in the line of symptoms. Visit your doctor to talk about your options to determine if it really is melanoma (punch biopsy or shave biopsy). ...Read more

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Can a normal X-ray of the back and chest show if a melanoma has spread?

Can a normal X-ray of the back and chest show if a melanoma has spread?

Sometimes: A chest xray can show nodules in the chest and is used as part of follow-up. The ct scan and the pet scan are more specific tests when metastasis is suspected. For follow up after initial surgery the nccn has an excellent guide for patients. It helps to decide what tests are appropriate and what ones are not needed. We don't want to over irradiate people in follow-up. ...Read more

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What are the chances of my melanoma coming back if I use sunblock and stay out of the sun?

Two issues: Sunblock won't change the risk of a treated melanoma from recurring (coming back), but it will reduce the risk of future skin cancers, which any melanoma patient is at a higher risk of. So protect yourself from the sun using not just sunblock, but shade, clothing and smart sun behavior. Also continue surveillance exams for the melanoma and self skin exams. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with melanoma in situ a year ago. What are my chances of reoccurance? Can it come back and spread without forming a visable lesion? Paranoi

Diagnosed with melanoma in situ a year ago. What are my chances of  reoccurance? Can it come back and spread without forming a visable lesion? Paranoi

Cured: In situ melanoma is extremely localized. If resected with a least 1 cm. margin of normal skin, this is then a cured lesion. The potential for a new and distinct lesion to appear is always a possibility. No chance that the in-situ lesion could have spread. ...Read more

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Can melanoma grow back in scar tissue?

Sure...: ...if not entirely removed the first time. Don't delay getting rechecked please. ...Read more

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Had two spots on back that was melanoma both removed. How do I combat this ?

Had two spots on back that was melanoma both removed. How do I combat this ?

Melanoma: Complex. Need to keep in frequent check with the dermatologist. Plus you need to wear sun protective clothing, sunscreen and minimize your time in the sun. ...Read more

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Nodular melanoma picked off would the spot grow back and continue growing vertical. Just curious.

Nodular melanoma picked off would the spot grow back and continue growing vertical. Just curious.

Melanoma: 42 F: Notes: Nodular melanoma picked off would the spot grow back and continue growing vertical. Just curious. ANS: melanoma is one of the most deadly skin cancers. Show to your Dr.and discuss. Hope your Dx is wrong. ...Read more

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I have had two moles removed that came back as melanoma. I have now noticed one that has an uneven edge. What should ido?

I have had two moles removed that came back as melanoma. I have now noticed one that has an uneven edge. What should ido?

Excisional biopsy: You should have any suspicious mole excised completely, not shave or punch biopsied, as this can eliminate needed thickness information or cut through and possibly spread a malignancy. See a plastic surgeon or dermatologist who will perform excisional biopsy. If it's not melanoma it's gone; if it is melanoma, then thickness information is preserved and further advice possible. ...Read more

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If I had a melanoma on the back of my neck and it spread, which specific type of neck lymph nodes would it likely first spread to?

If I had a melanoma on the back of my neck and it spread, which specific type of neck lymph nodes would it likely first spread to?

Sentinel node: If surgical exploration is needed to look for lymph node draining the site of the lesion, a dye or radioactive isotope is injected at the site of the lesion and the dye or radioactivity is tracked to identify the first lymph node where the marker ends up. ...Read more

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2 atypical moles on back; meet all standards of melanoma. Dr concerned due to "depth", wants to excise completely. Should i be worried?

2 atypical moles on back; meet all standards of melanoma. Dr concerned due to "depth", wants to excise completely.  Should i be worried?

Concerned: I would allow your doctor to excise these lesions if they are concerned about them. This will allow a pathologist to make a diagnosis. Skin cancers that are detected in the earliest stages are highly treatable. Remember to limit your exposure to UV radiation. When outdoors, wear sunscreen and try to cover up as much as possible. ...Read more

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If I were to scratch off a melanoma would it visibly grow back before spreading to my lymph nodes/organs? How likely is it if it doesn't?

Unclear question: How do you know that you have a melanoma? Melanoma is a cancer of the skin. If you mean a mole, it is a bad idea to scratch it. If you have concern about melanoma, see your doctor. Please consult this site information on this topic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/melanoma/basics/definition/con-20026009 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Six months of chemo,two melanoma surgeries can't get energy back. Would the product keto//os be a benefit for me,would it do me any harm ?

Six months of chemo,two melanoma surgeries can't get energy back. Would the product keto//os be a benefit for me,would it do me any harm ?

Ask your oncologist: My impression is that it does not sound as though it would help, and whenever someone has had recent chemotherapy, it is important to discuss it with their oncologist before they add anything to the regimen. Drug interactions can occur even with supplements. He or she may say it's OK, but be sure not to start until you've discussed it. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a mole that8mms almost perfectly oval same shade of light tan all looks right but its 8mm on back 26 male. Is in probably a melanoma?

Possiblee melanoma: an 8mm lesion with various shades of tan suggests a possible malignant melanoma. A totally dark nevus has less of a potential than the variagated pattern in a mole, to be melanoma. As long as it is nodular is important. Excision with a margin is suggested and then depenidng on the path report one goes from there. ...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