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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
If you scratch off the top layer of a melanoma will it grow back? I don't have one, I am just curious.
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I read only melanoma miles grow back after removal. I had slightly atypical removed, now growing back.Was this just shave biopsy or actually melanoma?
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
Nodular melanoma picked off would the spot grow back and continue growing vertical. Just curious.
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I just finished biochemo for stage III melanoma six months ago, a recent biopsy came back as severely atypical. What exactly does that mean?
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
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