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Doctor insights on: Nodular Melanoma Life Expectancy

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Can it be nodular melanoma if it is not elevated?

Can it be nodular melanoma if it is not elevated?

Yes: The melanoma appearance under the microscope is why it is called nodular. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

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


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Would a nodular melanoma, or a melanoma of any type grow in 6 months?

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 more

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Nodular melanoma prognosis?

Nodular melanoma prognosis?

Melanoma prognosis: It's hard to tell based on no information provided. The depth of melanoma involvement and the size of the tumor are needed to prognosticate. ...Read more

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Is it possible to catch a nodular melanoma "in situ"?

Is it possible to catch a nodular melanoma "in situ"?

Then is not called: As nodular melanoma, it is serious condition, how small it is when diagnosed already penetrated basal layer of skin causing early metastasis and unlikely possibility ...Read more

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What percent of nodular melanoma is diagnosed as stage 1 or 2?

What percent of nodular melanoma is diagnosed as stage 1 or 2?

85%: 85% of nodular melanoma patients have localized disease (stages 1 and 2) at diagnosis. About 15% have regional node involvement (stage 3), and only about 2% have distant metastases (stage 4). ...Read more

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Realistically, can nodular melanoma stay the same small 3mm diameter for 2 years? No change.

Remove Melanoma: That's what you can see... No telling how far it has spread microscopically. Get it off! ...Read more

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Nodular melanoma picked off would the spot grow back and continue growing vertical. Just curious.

Melanoma: 42 F: Notes: Nodular melanoma picked off would the spot grow back and continue growing vertical. Just curious. ANS: melanoma is one of the most deadly skin cancers. Show to your Dr.and discuss. Hope your Dx is wrong. ...Read more

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Why do some people get nodular melanoma and others superficial. What are the traits that make one more susceptible to either one?

Why do some people get nodular melanoma and others superficial.  What are the traits that make one more susceptible to either one?

Dumb luck: The mutations that drive cancers are largely random. It's being worked out, but even the genetic syndromes that put people at risk for superficial spreaders such as CDKN2A also produce nodulars. Basically they're the same illness except that the nodulars got good at breaking through the basement membrane earlier than the superficial spreaders. Hoping you have an early lesion and surgical cure. ...Read more

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If nodular melanoma was picked off. Would a biopsy of the underlying tissue a few months later still be accurate to make a diagnosis.

If nodular melanoma was picked off. Would a biopsy of the underlying tissue a few months later still be accurate to make a diagnosis.

Possibly: Depending on the depth the melanoma, a biopsy of the area could detect abnormal cells. Best to see a dermatologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Nodular melanoma does not follow abcd pattern. Can it be caught early like other melanomas due to its growth? Hoping experience answers. Thanks

Yes: A nodular Melanoma can show ABCD in many ways It can be asymmetrical, border irregular, color variegation and certainly size greater than 6 MM.
But, yes, although those types of melanoma can be appeared as an elevated "mole" they are typically VERY dark and ominous looking. ...Read more

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What is the USA statistical survival rate for all stages of nodular melanoma combined. I read SSM is 96% and NDis 80%. Is there anywhere to verify?

Melanoma: I do not know about other MDs but for me there are two key resources for both patients and physicians. One is simply called PUBMED for public medicine. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/ Then type in superficial spreading melanoma AND survival. Pubmed will pull all relevant medical articles for which you can skim titles and read abstracts. Other resource is www.endnote.com with a 30d trial. ...Read more

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Can nodular melanoma be caught early? It is seems it is often caught later because of how it grows. But can it be caught early like other melanomas?

Can nodular melanoma be caught early?  It is seems it is often caught later because of how it grows.  But can it be caught early like other melanomas?

IT'S UP TO YOU: Any lesion can be caught early if you, the patient, has an awareness of an abnormal lesion and bring it to your doctor's attention. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for nodular melanoma combining all stages together? I know each stage is different. Just looking for the overall survival.

Variable survival fi: It is a very heterogeneous disease, so there is no one figure which will help you. If you give us the Breslow thickness of your nodular melanoma, we can give you a survival figure corresponding to that thickness. In general, Melanoma is diagnosed as stage 1 or 2 in more than 90% of patients, here the overall survival is over 80%. Once it starts to spread(stage 3) the survival drops to 50% level. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for nodular melanoma specifically? Can it be caught in situ? What causes it to begin as nodular as opposed to superficial?

What is the survival rate for nodular melanoma specifically?  Can it be caught in situ?  What causes it to begin as nodular as opposed to superficial?

Poor: The most aggressive type of melanoma is the Nodular melanoma. The most serious type of skin cancer is Melanoma or more often referred to as malignant melanoma. It became the most exceptional type of skin cancer form because it is likely to spread among the internal organs or lymph nodes in the body unlike other skin cancer types. ...Read more

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Other than speed, what makes a nodular melanoma different from the other sub types. Why would nodular start in one person and superficial in another?

Other than speed, what makes a nodular melanoma different from 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

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What is the overall survival rate for nodular melanoma. I read 80% for ND and 96% for SSM in one article but I can not find the figures anywhere else?

Need more info: You can get statistics according to the thickness and other features. Get a copy of the pathology report and discuss in detail with your dermatologist or other DR. This is important for you to do. Sentinel lymph node biopsy? Location? Ulceration? Etc. ...Read more

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How quickly does nodular melanoma spread?

Can Spread Quickly: Nodular melanomas tend to grow up as a nodule, and down into the skin.
With melanomas, the deeper it is into the skin, the more likely it is to spread.
So ask your doctor the depth of penetration in millimeters or the clarks level.
Prognosis depends on the depth of penetration, and not the type of melanoma. ...Read more

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Does nodular melanoma ever increase in diameter?

Does nodular melanoma ever increase in diameter?

Yes, but...: In melanoma, the depth of invasion is more important than its horizontal growth, as deeper melanomas are more likely to spread and metastasize. ...Read more

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Does untreated nodular melanoma continue to grow?

Yes: Melanoma is a very bad type of skin cancer that can be lethal if left alone for a long enough time. The best treatment is surgery when it's caught early. Unless there is an absolute compelling reason not to have it removed, I would see surgeon who specializes in melanoma. ...Read more

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Will untreated nodular melanoma continue to grow?

Yes: If you have any type of melanoma, you should have it treated as soon as you can. Left alone, melanoma will end your life. The only time one would consider not treating it is if the patient can't undergo treatment, or if the life expectancy is already very short b/c of another medical problem. ...Read more

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Would nodular melanoma have grown in diameter in 2 years?

Melanoma: Nodular melanoma typically skips the radial growth phase which predominates in the superficial spreading type of melanoma. However, that does not mean that it cannot change in diameter over 2 years. 2 years is way too long time to have a nodular melanoma. ...Read more

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Does nodular melanoma have an in-situ phase? Is it ever caught in-situ?

It can: While melanoma in-situ is Stage O disease, meaning that it has not yet become invasive, if left alone it would become invasive. It is possible that when a nodular melanoma first forms it could be in-situ. However, most nodular melanomas are invasive upon diagnosis. ...Read more

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What does nodular melanoma typically look like? Is it mostly dark? Pink?

What does nodular melanoma typically look like?  Is it mostly dark? Pink?

Nodular melanoma: Can be black, brown, tan or pink (amelanotic, no pigment production). Called nodular because it immediately begins growing vertically therefore creating a nodule. Arises rapidly. Please see a board certified dermatologist and get this checked asap. ...Read more

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Would nodular melanoma change in size and appearance if left untreated for 2.5 years?

It might: Any pathologist will tell you that the inside of a nodular melanoma is full of areas of rapid growth and usually areas where the tumor seems to be regressing. It's not incoinceivable that a nodular melanoma did not grow. If you have any suspicion that your mass is a melanoma or other cancer, ask to have it excised. ...Read more

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Although nodular melanoma grows deep quickly, does it also continue to grow in diameter?

Although nodular melanoma grows deep quickly, does it also continue to grow in diameter?

Yes, but...: In melanoma, the depth of invasion is more important than its horizontal growth, as deeper melanomas are more likely to spread and metastasize. ...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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What causes a nodular melanoma as opposed to a superficial. I know how they are different but looking for the differences in why the start different.

What causes a nodular melanoma as opposed to a superficial.  I know how they are different but looking for the differences in why the start different.

Structural only: The difference is structural only, how the melanoma cells rise up above the level of the surrounding skin or not. The causes are no different. Nor is the treatment. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between nodular melanoma and a pimple?

How can you distinguish between nodular melanoma and a pimple?

Different: A pimple is a small skin nodule usually secondary to inflammation, possibly associated with pus and usually small with possible erythema. A nodular melanoma is a progression in development of the classic skin melanoma, mostly pigmented and firm with the irregularity in the underlying tumor pigmentation. Rarely it is associated with amelanotic melanoma. ...Read more

Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

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