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Non Pigmented Melanoma
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
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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?
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
I had melanoma removed 7 years ago, second removed 2 years later, same region. Now have had hard non painful gland in neck for 6+ months. Concerning?
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Do anti-tnf drugs increase your chance for melanoma? I know there are warnings about non-melanoma skin cancer.
Melanoma & Biologics: Using data from more than 13, 000 people with rheumatoid arthritis, dr wolf determined that biologic therapy is associated with increased risk for both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, but not for solid tumors, lymphomas or leukemias. These associations were consistent across different biologic therapies. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
A 39 year old female has a history of melanoma andmalignant ovarian dermoid, non-metastatic. She has nohistory of nosebleeds, but had two within last two weeks.Each went on for less than 15 minutes. Should it be a reason for concern?
Unlikely: The nosebleeds would be unlikely to be related to the melanoma and the ovarian cancer, but melanoma can do just about anything. If you have any more episodes, i would visit your oncologist for a complete evaluation including blood work looking at your platelet levels and coagulation parameters. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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
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