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Non Invasive Melanoma
Spread of cancer: Melanoma in situ is the term used to describe when the skin cancer only involves the surface (epidermis) of the skin and has not spread to any other tissues in the body; there is a 99.9% five year survival rate. Invasive melanoma indicates that the cancer has spread below the surface into the dermis of the skin. Metastatic melanoma indicates spread of the cancer to other areas in the body. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
Are small melanomas <5mm in diameter less likely to be invasive? Do they have better prognosis than melanomas of larger diameter?
A freckle on my breast appeared 1.5 yrs ago. It was black & very round. Just noticed its now brown & MIGHT have possibly changed shape very slightly. Its remained flat. How likely is it melanoma? If it is, does flat mean it hasn't become invasive yet?
My mother-in-law just found out she has invasive melanoma...How serious is invasive melanoma cancer? Should we be worried? What is the mortality rate?
VERY serious: An invasive melanoma is one of the most treacherous and unpredictable of cancers, and these account for many deaths. She needs to find the exact pathology as reported -- level of danger varies. The rest of your family also needs to take stock of your health, whether you perhaps have dysplastic nevi, and generally to adopt precautions regarding sun and to watch your own skin very closely. ...Read more
Large brown lesion on breast. Checked 3 times by dr in 6 years. Atypical, has small black dot. Told dysplastic nevis. Is it likely invasive melanoma?
Malignant Melanoma: Aad malignant melanoma screening: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It depends on your s:
Why do you ask this? Are you worried that you may be at risk for developing melanoma or do you already have a melanoma?
The answers will depend on what is your actual situation. If you already have melanoma you need to seek answers from your doctor or ask us what you want to know but be precise in your questions. ...Read more
How do I know I've got a melanoma? Which are the symptoms? Does it have to look all black? Or how?
There is considerable variation in color size and shape of melanomas. It does not have to be all black. It would be useful to see your doctor for an evaluation. You may consult this site for the various images of melanomas.
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See a doctor: If you have ANY concerns about possible melanoma, see a physician. The melanoma "rules" (asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolution) are indications that you should see a doctor. Melanoma can have many appearances and may not follow the rules. Your question needs to be answered face-to-face by a physician. ...Read more
Skin exam, avoid sun: Avoid the sun and protect yourself by wearing hat, sunglasses, sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, uv protective clothing. If you have a family history of melanoma, be seen more often by a dermatologist. Have regular skin checks and examine yourself monthly looking for new suspicious lesions or changes in pre-existing lesions. Early detection is key. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Yes: Genetic factors, including some very high-risk genes, run in families parent-to-child. Rather than study you genetically to determine your risk, simply keep a VERY close eye on your skin, everywhere, frequently. If you've got somebody special, make this their job. If not, your physician is your best friend here. Catch them early before they're able to kill you. Best wishes. ...Read more