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Melanoma Under The Toenail
I have melanoma under my toenail. Now, a tiny mole typelump has appeared on the sole of my foot. Is it possible thatthe melanoma has spread?
Melanoma: The only way to diagnose it definitively is by examination and a biopsy if indicated. ...Read more
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
I have MS. On Copaxone. I have discoloration under BOTH big toenails. Could this be melanoma? Or MS related?
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Could I have acral lentiginous melanoma? I have a thick white nail streak on my toenail that has been there for about a year. I am half black.
Horizontal dark spot across second toenail, appeared rather suddenly and no pain. Could it just be a hematoma or a subungual melanoma?
Hello. I've noticed a light brown mark underneath my big toenail. No trauma that I can think of it does not hurt. Had melanoma on nose 5 yrs ago?
See doctor: Melanomas can occur under nails. Given your history, it is prudent that you see a doctor to ascertain if the lesion needs to be removed. ...Read more
About 5 mm black spot on my toenail. It's on the white part (the nail where it grows). The spot grew bigger upward in 2 day. Could it be melanoma?
Do you remember any trauma to the toenail? A collection of blood underneath the toenail can also appear like this. The safest thing to do is to show this to your friendly dermatologist. While it would be rare of a 20-year old to have a melanoma, it does happen occasionally.
Remember to protect your skin. Limit your exposure to UV radiation. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 ...Read more
Black tiny spot on my toenail. I cut the nail portion off and dark spot came off with the nail. Left a pinkish wound on the skin. Scared abt melanoma?
5 yr old with brownish streak on toenail. Appt w/DERMATOLOGIST this Tues. Recovery time/pain if biopsied? How likely is it Melanoma for a child?
I have a light brown patch on my toenail, vertically oriented, in left upper corner (left foot) had melanoma in leg years ago, should I be worried?
MY OPINION: I always say; "If I'm worried, or my patient is worried, biopsy." It's a small thing that can save a life. ...Read more
Biopsy on 3 toenails with longitudinal streaks. No evidence of melanocytes (melanoma) or fungus. Consistent with scar tissue. Patho and Dr stumped???
Event marker...: I wish I knew if all three toenails involved were on the same foot., or even contingent toes. Longitudinal markings do not have to be from melanoma or fungus. The streaks come from the nail matrix area. Something has caused the root to mark the new nails as they grow. This could be from chemical, thermal or physical damage to the root areas. Sometime it's permanent and other times temporary. ...Read more
Is toenail melanoma on the nail bed, or within the nail? I had a bruise like spot (no trauma) appear, but was able to cut about half of it off.
A streak: It appears as a dark streak in the direction the nail goes. If you have a concerning lesion under your toenail you should see your friendly dermatologist. ...Read more
I recently noticed a light brown stripe going down my thumbnail. Could it be a melanoma? I'm black & struggle with toenail fungus but not on my hands.
I understand your co:
Your concern is valid as melanoma in blacks affects nail beds more often than in whites.
But what it is too early to tell.
I would advise you to look closely at the upper end of the nail fold(near the skin junction) and see if there is any growth or redness there.
Also, watch this streak for any changes over the next few weeks. If it changes, i.e. Becomes darker or larger, then see a dermatologist ...Read more
Thick: Melanomas are considered thin when they are less than 1 mm thick and they are considered thick when they are greater than 4 mm thick. If your melanoma is truly 1.5 cm thick, this would indeed be a very thick melanoma. Check with your doctor to be sure about the depth and that it is not 1.5 mm. A 1.5 cm melanoma would be at high risk for lymph node and distant spread and has a poor prognosis. ...Read more
Dark area appeared overnight on my three weeks ago. Someone may have stepped on my foot that night but im not sure. I'm scared of melanoma. Thank you?
So have the : Skin biopsied... A 2mm punch is all the skin needed and this way you will be at peace. ...Read more
I just noticed a freckle on the bottom of my foot that was not there before. How do I know if it is plantar melanoma?
See your doctor: While this might be something very benign, it is important that you see your doctor with something that is very new or changed in appearance. You might need a biopsy to determine what it is, and appropriate care started. Some skin lesions can get worse quickly (such as melanoma). Get it looked at! ...Read more
I have a dark brown flat patch on the top of my left foot formonths and two tiny patches on the right foot. I was told by afriend that its likely melanoma. Is it true?
Any pigmented lesion: Should be examined. However, not every pigmented lesion is a melanoma. Doctors, podiatrists and dermatologists alike may use a dermascope to better study the lesion or take a biopsy if they deem it suspicious in nature. Asymmetry, irregular border color changes and diameter of lesion are all signs that are looked at. ...Read more
Same treatment: Treatment will be dictated by the same features as any melanoma: physical exam for possible metastatic disease, tumor thickness, ulceration, and mitotic rate. Thus, the treatment will likely include wide excision and possibly sentinel node biopsy. The main difference for this location is that reconstruction of the primary site could require skin graft or a flap. ...Read more
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I had this on my foot for over a month: http://i50. Tinypic. Com/2lt6fdd. Jpg. It itched before. Is this melanoma? My family has a history of cancer.
Difficult to say: As you can imagine, skin lesions of any type are difficult to diagnosis definitively without an examination. Recurring lesions can be due to allergies, eczema, infections or other causes. Best to see your family doctor, internist, or dermatologist to get a diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more
Age51, 254pounds, 5, 6feet female was diagnosed with melanoma in 2011, march. Many operations, foot got bigger, can't sleep. Got chemo, didn't help. Any solution?
Still have melanoma?: If sleeping is the problem- great! See your doc for a list a behavior modification to help sleep, drugs last resort. If lymph edema is problem- compression, massage, time. Consider free lymph node transfer if persists (~50% success). If you have distant spread please ask your doc to help you enroll in the anti-pd 1 trials for metastatic melanoma, 4 places in the us, dana farber (boston) is one. ...Read more
Hello, I'm 28 yr old indian male. I found 2 light brown streaks on my left toe nail with an overall yellow tint. Is it melanoma? No history in family.
A-African-Am, Native-Am, Asian-Am, Age 5th-7th decade.
B-Brown/Black. Breadth 3mm or more.
D-Digit. Thumb/big toe most common.
E-Extension via Hutchinson Sign.
When in doubt-biopsy. It's simple. ...Read more
I have a dark brown mole, 2mm on the side/bottom of my foot. Showed up 2 years ago and is little bigger now. Even color and round. Chance of melanoma?
I have a black spot under my big toe nail I'm only 19 and just discovered it yesterday, I'm worried it might be melanoma?
How likely is melanoma on a "mole" flat to skin, sole of foot has been there AT LEAST 10 years, doesn't seem to have changed and approx 4-5 mm.?
I have a black spot under my third toe on my right foot. It's small but covers 1/4 of the toe. I'm wondering if I should be concerned about melanoma.
A-Age; 5-7 decade. African-Am, Asian-Am, Native-Am.
B-Brown or black. Width greater than 3mm.
D-Digit. Thumb or big toe most common.
E-Extension of color change to skin.
F-Positive family history.
When in doubt, see a doctor. ...Read more