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Consult your doctor: If you're concerned about a skin lesion that has grown rapidly or changed suddenly, you should consult a specialist who treats skin disorders. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon could evaluate this lesion and give you advice about how to proceed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Many: First the otc products. These include toothpaste and rinse as well as the whitening strips. These along with good oral hygiene can get you a few shades lighter if you do not have dark/deep stains. Professional products include in-office, "power", bleaching as well as take home trays. The trays are typically a sufficent option and will get you up to 8-10 shades lighter. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
4 main types: Most melanomas are called superficial spreading. Theyt tend to start by growing in the top planes of the skin and then go deeper. Nodular melanomas begin their vertical growth phase (burrowing deeper) earlier. Lentigo maligna are often on the face in the elderly and may be large. Acral lentiginous melanomas begin in fingers or toes and sometimes in the nonpigmented areas in dark-skinned people. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have read that desmoplastic neurotrophic malignant melanoma is a less dangerous type to have. Is this true?
If you check your skin monthly can nodular melanoma be caught early. The question is specifically about the nodular type and not superficial, acral..
Specific to nodular melanoma. What % are diagnosed as stage 1 or 2? Previously answered on health tap as 85% but that appears to be all types together
Probably 60-70%: Nodular Melanomas tend to be more advanced, so the percentage of stage 1 and 2 will be lower. ...Read more
Other than speed, what makes a nodular melanoma different than the other sub types. Why would nodular start in one person and superficial in another?
Mutations: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3253944/ Histologically, genomically distinct biological subtypes https://www.melanoma.org/understand-melanoma/what-is-melanoma/cutaneous-melanoma Age, race, genetic make-up, intermittent sun exposure all play a part. These two subtypes have different ratios and prevalence of certain mutations like BRAF and NRAS. SSM often begins from dysplastic nevi. ...Read more
Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the ...Read more
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