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Dr. Mike Bowman
905 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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How likely is it for a 72 year old male survivor of melanoma skin cancer to die before age 80?

How likely is it for a 72 year old male survivor of melanoma skin cancer to die before age 80?

Depends: Stages at diagnosis are important. Without knowing your stage of melanoma, it is difficult to discuss prognosis. For example, stage iii has a 5 year survival of 50 to 60%. Stage iiia: 5 year survival is 75-80%. Stage iiib: 5 year survival is 50-60%. Stage iiic: 5 year survival is 40-45%. For stage iv, 5 year survival is 16%. ...Read more

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How probable is it for an 72 year old male survivor of melanoma skin cancer to die before age 80?

How probable is it for an 72 year old male survivor of melanoma skin cancer to die before age 80?

Age doesn't matter: Depth does... Your surgeon or dermatologist can tell you how deep the melanoma was...The deeper the more dangerous. The prognosis for a melanoma depends on how deep the tumor grew before removal and if it spread anywhere... Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is melanoma?

What is melanoma?

Skin cancer: Melanoma is a cancer that develops in the melanocytes, pigmented cells of the outer layer of skin. While it is related to sun and uv radiation, it is possible to get melanoma in areas that receive minimal sun exposure. Melanoma is generally considered the most dangerous form of skin cancer, more likely to metastasize than the more common basal or squamous cell cancers. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for melanoma?

Sun exposure plus ..: Although everyone is at some risk for melanoma, several factors such as: sun exposure, number of moles on the skin, your skin type and family history (genetics) can  increase your risk for melanoma. Please visit www.Skincancer.Org for more indepth information. ...Read more

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Please im desperate i think i have a melanoma?

ABCDE: Look for: Asymmetry; are they mirror images. Border-regular or irregular. Color-changes. Multiple colors. Diameter-usually greater than 6 mm. Evolving-changing. Any questions; your doctor can biopsy it; the only way to diagnose. ...Read more

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Can surgery repair melanoma?

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

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What is "melanoma lymphoma"?

What is "melanoma lymphoma"?

I don't know: Melanoma and lymphoma are two separate tumors. Maybe you are seeing a typo or potentially a differential diagnosis and the confirmed diagnosis isn't clear. I would ask your md what it means. ...Read more

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How can you prevent melanoma?

Sun protection!: Taking care of your skin is key to long term health and prevention of melanoma and other skin cancers. Regular and repeated use of sunblock as well as wide brim hats and sun rated long sleeve shirts and pants all will protect your skin and keep you looking younger as well. If you have a strong family history of melanoma or skin cancer, have a dermatologist give you a thorough exam. ...Read more

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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