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What is the difference in melanoma and invasive melanoma?

What is the difference in melanoma and 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 more

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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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Are small melanomas <5mm in diameter less likely to be invasive? Do they have better prognosis than melanomas of larger diameter?

Are small melanomas <5mm in diameter less likely to be invasive? Do they have better prognosis than melanomas of larger diameter?

Px/Melanoma/size: The prognosis of a melanoma ids based on depth of penetration into the dermis, simply. What is the depth usually does not related to surface size. Best to see in person opinions.. ...Read more

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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?

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?

See MD now!: Trying to guess whether a "freckle" is malignant or not from a description rather than an examination is sheer "Tomfoolery". See a MD ASAP, preferably a Dermatologist who sees skin lesions frequently and can make that determination. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Biopsy it: If it concerns you, then you should have a skin biopsy performed. They are simple to perform and relatively painless. Then you will have you answer. ...Read more

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How do I know I have melanoma?

How do I know I have melanoma?

Get checked!: Any suspicious lesion should be evaluated by a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. A biopsy will give you a definitive answer regarding if it is a skin cancer, a pre-malignant lesion, or a benign lesion. ...Read more

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Do I have melanoma, please help?

Do I have melanoma, please help?

Go see your doctor: Tell us what you ahve. Is it a mole or something else that concerns you. ...Read more

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What should I know about melanoma?

What should I know about 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 more

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Should I be nervous about having melanoma?

Should I be nervous about having melanoma?

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

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Please im desperate I think I have a melanoma?

Please im desperate I think I have a melanoma?

ABCDE: Look for:
Asymmetry; are they mirror images.
Border-regular or irregular.
Color-changes. Multiple colors.
Diameter-usually greater than 6 mm.
Evolving-changing.
Any questions; your doctor can biopsy it; the only way to diagnose. ...Read more

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I had melanoma 9 years ago...What are the chances of it returning again?

Varies: At this point you are probably more at risk for developing a new melanoma than the original coming back. Remember to wear sunblock and limit your exposure to uv radiation and continue to see your friendly dermatologist for routine skin examinations. ...Read more

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Will I have melanoma when I am older? Or is it completely impossible to predict?

Immpossible to know: There is no way to tell what will happen in the future. All we can asses is the risk of these things happeneing. But, a person can take every concievable risk, and still not have the outcome. ...Read more

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How do I know I've got a melanoma? Which are the symptoms? Does it have to look all black? Or how?

How do I know I've got a melanoma? Which are the symptoms? Does it have to look all black? Or how?

See below: 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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I have a light grey stripe in my thumbnail. What melanoma signs should I look for?

I have a light grey stripe in my thumbnail. What melanoma signs should I look for?

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

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What can I do to help prevent melanoma?

What can I do to help prevent melanoma?

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 more

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Would I have to do chemotherapy if I am diagnosed with melanoma?

Depends: It would depend on the stage of melanoma. Surgery is the main treatment for the majority of melanoma cases. ...Read more

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If my dad and grandfather have had a melanoma, is there an increased chance that I'll get one?

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

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What do you suggest if my husband is having surgery for melanoma next week. I have so many questions.?

Melanoma: Perhaps you can schedule another consult with the surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to give you more information depending on the type of melanoma and the stage. ...Read more

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If you scratch off the top layer of a melanoma will it grow back? I don't have one, I am just curious.

If you scratch off the top layer of a melanoma will it grow back? I don't have one, I am just curious.

Yes: Melanomas need to be completely excised with an appropriate margin based on the thickness of the melanoma to ensure it won't reoccur at that site. ...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