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Would a melanoma be pink under a top layer of brown pigment?

Would a melanoma be pink under a top layer of brown pigment?

Melanoma: Melanoma is the tumor that gives cancer a bad name. There are many descriptions of what the "typical" melanoma looks like, but some are not typical. Some have no pigment at all, and even experts need more than a look to know what it is. If you suspect you have a melanoma, seek medical care, the sooner the better. If you do, you will have the best chance of survival. If not you can stop worrying. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common 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 & ...Read more


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I have had a skin pigment on my leg for 2 years and had grown and got darker. Is it skin cancer or melanoma?

I have had a skin pigment on my leg for 2 years and had grown and got darker. Is it skin cancer or melanoma?

ABCDEs: 21 year old lady with pigmented skin lesion. I suggest you visit a dermatologist. Are you fair skinned? Family history of melanoma? These are risk factors. Physicians examine and look for asymmetry of the lesion, the borders, the color and diameter of the lesion. Suspicious lesions can be biopsied and pathologically examined under microscope. May just be a "sunspot" or pigmented macule/nevus. ...Read more

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Mole accidentaly scraped off no pigment in scar dr said can't biopsy exact site of mole not clear (large scar) how would u know if there is melanoma?

Mole accidentaly scraped off no pigment in scar dr said can't biopsy exact site of mole not clear (large scar) how would u know if  there is melanoma?

Biopsy: Biopsy of site is gold standard of diagnosing or ruling out most pathology. For pigmented lesions a personal and family history is important as well as a complete examination including lymph node drainage areas. Some pigmented lesions can lose color and that also is an indication for biopsy. ...Read more

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8mth ago 2-3mm mole accident scraped off. Now just scar no mole pigment. What if this was a melanoma. Dr no biopsy coz can't tell where mole was?

8mth  ago 2-3mm mole accident scraped off.  Now just scar no mole pigment.  What if this was a melanoma.   Dr no biopsy coz can't tell where mole was?

Do not worry: If the mole was something bad, it would have come back by now, especially that it was not properly excised. Given the size of this mole, it was most likely benign. ...Read more

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What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

Depends on location: Surgical removal of skin cancers is effective and the risks are associated with the size and location. Bleeding, infection and poor cosmetic outcome are all risks. Delayed healing in areas of poor blood flow is also a risk. Other treatments such as radiation can be successful as well with similar results and better cosmetic outcomes. ...Read more

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Dear doctor. If your beloved has non melanoma skin cancer. And you love this person so much. Would you marry him . I am a disease freak. Please help.?

Dear doctor. If your beloved has non melanoma skin cancer. And you  love this person so much. Would you marry him . I am a disease freak. Please help.?

Yes: Marry the person you love if you both want to, no matter what. Love like this is too rare and precious to be unfulfilled. If you are a "disease freak", something probably happened to you in the past that is causing you to have these thoughts that you, yourself, recognize as groundless & are crippling you. Your physician knows how to treat the mind as well as the body -- ask about it. ...Read more

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I have hard, non-mobile, non-tender, lymph nodes under my neck for 2 months and a history of melanoma. Should i be worried?

I have hard, non-mobile, non-tender, lymph nodes under my neck for 2 months and a history of melanoma. Should i be worried?

Yes: Depending on where your melanoma was located and what prior treatment you received, your current lymphadenopathy may or may not be related to your history. Nevertheless, additional work-up and biopsy (by fine needle aspiration or core biopsy) may be recommended for definitive characterization. ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the ...Read more


Pigment (Definition)

Any chemical which has a color (minerals also) can be said to have a pigment. Such chemicals are responsible for the colors of the skin, the hair, the eyes and things we don't ordinary see such as the brown ...Read more