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Doctor insights on: Nodular Melanoma Or Skin Tag

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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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Can a scratched malignant melanoma/amelanotic nodular melanoma heal to look like normal skin?

Can a scratched malignant melanoma/amelanotic nodular melanoma heal to look like normal skin?

They grow deep.: It's doubtful that a melanoma with the top scratched off in any way would appear like normal skin, as they tend to grow deep and not superficially. But if there's really any concern about melanoma, see a Dermatologist right away. ...Read more

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Can nodular melanoma be caught early with monthly skin exams? Or does it grow too quick? Seems many doctors misdiagnose it which causes problems.

Can nodular melanoma be caught early with monthly skin exams?  Or does it grow too quick?  Seems many doctors misdiagnose it which causes problems.

Difficult : The reason why this type of melanoma is caught late because it spreads to the inside rather than spreading to the outside like other types of melanoma. Therefore, it is difficult to notice a change in the mile. Also, in melanoma, the deeper the lesion, the worse it is and the more likely to spread to other parts. This makes nodular melanoma more serious and aggressive as it grows deep. ...Read more

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If you check your skin monthly can nodular melanoma be caught early. The question is specifically about the nodular type and not superficial, acral..

If you check your skin monthly can nodular melanoma be caught early.  The question is specifically about the nodular type and not superficial, acral..

Yes you can: Nodular melanomas do show up in areas where there was no mole. Yet these lesions take some months to develop; so once monthly skin self exam is a good way to watch out and catch them early. Best wishes. ...Read more

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1-2mm Raised skin coloured spot on foot scratched it top came off no bleeding bit watery could it be nodular melanoma? will it grow back if it is?

1-2mm Raised skin coloured spot on foot scratched it top came off no bleeding bit watery could it be nodular melanoma? will it grow back if it is?

Watch it: Keep an eye on this spot and look for future changes. It will likely heal on its own over 1 week. If it does not heal over 2-3 weeks time, you need to see a doctor to check it and guide you further. ...Read more

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Raised mole on shoulder.Pinched it n piece of black skin broke off. Scratched with nail it bled and now the mole is flat.Nodular melanoma? 20yo guy

See your derm.: While melanoma in a 21 year old is rare, it does occasionally happen. I would bring this skin lesion to the attention of your friendly dermatologist. If the lesion appears suspicious to them they would perform a skin biopsy to obtain a diagnosis. And remember to limit your exposure to UV radiation. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and try to cover up as much as possible. ...Read more

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Is a skin tag with a base about the size of a dime cause for concern? The "tag" part takes up about 1/3 of the area. Can this turn to melanoma?

Is a skin tag with a base about the size of a dime cause for concern? The "tag" part takes up about 1/3 of the area.  Can this turn to melanoma?

Hmmmmmmm: Skin tags have small bases. They are pedunculated. A widely based skin lesion is not a skin tag. Any skin growth greater than 1 centimeter, or that is changing, should be checked by a dermatologist. Btw a dime is larger than a centimeter. ...Read more

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Hi I had a bump on my mole that felt like a skin tag, it burst last night and bled alot, I'm scared it could.be a sign of melanoma?

Hi I had a bump on my mole that felt like a skin tag, it burst last night and bled alot, I'm scared it could.be a sign of melanoma?

Skin lesion: skin lesions that have abnormal size, depth, color, irregular borders, can be a potential clue of a underlying melanoma, or dysplatic process occurring. go to a dermatologist or PCP to get the skin lesion evaluated and biopsied. Follow up with your doctor closely. ...Read more

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Does untreated nodular melanoma continue to grow?

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?

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?

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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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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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 in size 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

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What's the difference between nodular melanoma and a regular mole?

Melanoma: Melanoma is a potentially serious form of skin cancer. A regular mole is not a skin cancer and rarely regresses into a skin cancer. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a nodular melanoma mole for at least 2 years and not know it?

Is it possible to have a nodular melanoma mole for at least 2 years and not know it?

Yes: Yes, people can have melanoma for very long periods of time without knowing it, particularly if the melanoma is asymptomatic. However, the melanoma may have present for a shorter period of time as well. Difficult to know for certain. ...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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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


Dr. Deborah Cole-Sedivy
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Skin Tags (Definition)

Skin tags (acrochordons) are soft outpouchings of skin that may be caused by skin friction. They may grown under the arms or breasts & on neck, ...Read more