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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

Dr. Mike Bowman
906 doctors shared insights

Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common 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 & ...Read more


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What are the criteria for determining malignancy in melanoma? Aren't all melanoma malignant?

What are the criteria for determining malignancy in melanoma?  Aren't all melanoma malignant?

Yes: All melanomas are considered malignant however they have different levels of metastatic potential. This means that some melanomas have the ability to spread to other parts of the body while others, especially in situ melanomas, have little or no risk of metastasis. ...Read more

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If left untreated, would nodular melanoma continue to grow in 2.5 years? Is 3.5mm and hasn't grown.

Why are you waiting?: Melanomas grow and eventually metastasize. If you have a known melanoma it should be surgically removed as soon as possible with appropriate margins. At that depth, a sentinel lymph node biopsy is also advised. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon as soon as you can. ...Read more

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If I had a shave biopsy and the underlying skin wasn't brown does that mean the melanoma did not spread down into the lower skin?

If I had a shave biopsy and the underlying skin wasn't brown does that mean the melanoma did not spread down into the lower skin?

A pathologist needs: ... to look at the biopsy material under a microscope to see if the margins are clear of tumor cells. The outward appearance of the biopsy site is not reliable. ...Read more

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I have what looks like the beginning stages of malignant melanoma, but I can't be sure. I don't have health insurance. What are my options?

I have what looks like the beginning stages of malignant melanoma, but I can't be sure. I don't have health insurance. What are my options?

Melanoma kill: Not sure what you mean by early stage. Early stage melanoma can not reliably diagnoses clinically. Pathologic diagnose is required. Once this is done, you and your doctor should know exactly what to do. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Support Groups (Definition)

For information, resources, and support on specific diseases and conditions, see the links below. Additional local and national support groups can be found on the web, through local libraries, your health care provider, and the yellow pages ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a 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