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Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Yes: In fact, this is fairly common. No one knows where spitz nevus leaves off and a melanoma capable of metastasizing begins. This is one of the hardest calls in pathology, and some say it's impossible. The burning question will be whether to do additional surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Pigmented lesion . In face..Recent increase size..Irregular border....Biopsy reveals malignant cells infiltration ...Whats diagnosis plz?

Pigmented lesion . In face..Recent increase size..Irregular border....Biopsy reveals malignant cells infiltration  ...Whats diagnosis plz?

Can be melanoma.: This sounds like melanoma. You're lucky to have found this out on biopsy, as removal of this can be 100% curative. It's really smart to talk this over with your doctor, as well as the treatment options so you know what you're dealing with. ...Read more

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Mole grew back 6 weeks after shave. Report compound melanocytic nevus architectural disorder moderate cytologic atypia. What's this mean, melanoma ?

Mole grew back 6 weeks after shave. Report compound melanocytic nevus architectural disorder moderate cytologic atypia. What's this mean, melanoma ?

Seek 2nd opinion: Recurrence of a mole makes it likely that it is a melanoma. You should get further surgery done by a melanoma expert(surgical Oncologist). It always useful to seek 2 or 3 opinions and go with the aggregate of the recommendation, provided to you. ...Read more

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What characteristics will a cancerous mole likely have?

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What characteristics will a cancerous mole likely have?

ABCDE's of mole chec: Atypical moles that resemble melanoma often has one or all of the following characteristics: a for asymmetry; b for irregular borders; c for lots of different colors (or shades of brown); d for rapidly growing diameter; e for evolving or changing mole. ...Read more

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Biopsy report: severely dysplastic keratinizing squamous cells. Does it mean that there is a cancerous growth?

Biopsy report: severely dysplastic keratinizing squamous cells. Does it mean that there is a cancerous growth?

Almost: In your history, you acknowledge you already have been treated for one squamous cell carcinoma of your buccal mucosa. You're only 32 years old. You have a second lesion that is probably going to turn into frank cancer if it isn't already. If you are smoking or chewing tobacco, you must stop now. And this lesion must be treated. Period. Good luck. Stay proactive. ...Read more

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What is the probability of a suspicious mole being cancerous during biopsy?

What is the probability of a suspicious mole being cancerous during biopsy?

100% or 0%: Don't guess odds. A suspicious mole needs to come off. It's either cancer and your life is probably saved, or it's inconsequential. Neglect a suspicious lesion, and there's a fair chance you will pay with your life. A dermatologist can guess malignancy with pretty good accuracy in a suspicious mole, but it's never certain and criteria for moles that should come off are basically scientific. ...Read more

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My 2 consectv fnac report reveal follicular neoplasm with microfollicular pattern, with anisonuecleosis, no colloid. Is it benign or malignant?

My 2 consectv fnac report reveal follicular neoplasm with microfollicular pattern, with anisonuecleosis, no colloid. Is it benign or malignant?

Follicular lesions: FNA cannot differentiate between benign and malignant follicular lesions. Evidence of capsular or lymph/vascular invasion are necessary to diagnose follicular carcinoma. FNA can help determine if surgery is needed to further classify a lesion, or if a "wait and watch" approach is warranted. For definitive diagnosis, the nodule has to be removed and examined by a pathologist. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Recent abnormal mammo, amorphous microcalcs, 6 mnth FU. Benign conditions that cause areola shape change + edges to be less defined, like color bleed?

Recent abnormal mammo, amorphous microcalcs, 6 mnth FU. Benign conditions that cause areola shape change + edges to be less defined, like color bleed?

Tough question: Most important thing is to make sure you get proper follow up regarding those mirocalcifications. I think at some point you may end up having a stereotactic biopsy so that a pathologist can look at what's causing those microcalcs. Concerning areola shape/color fading, I would guess that wight gain, hormonal changes and pregnancy would be the things that could cause the diameter to increase. ...Read more

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Breast ultrasound say oval circumscribed benign appearing mass posterior enhancement measuring 8x5x8 mm likely represents a complicated cyst is mean?

 Breast ultrasound say oval  circumscribed benign appearing mass posterior enhancement measuring 8x5x8 mm likely represents a complicated cyst is mean?

Cyst: It says that you have a benign cyst not suggestive of cancer. However I would suggest you speak to your doctor to decide if anything needs to be done about it ...Read more

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Solitary, solid nodule with intranodular flow and follicular neoplasm cells. Afirma came back suspicious. What's likelyhood of malignancy?

Ask your doctor: The doctor who ordered your biopsy has responsibility to explain to you the meaning of the results. If the biopsy shows neoplastic cells, that usually means Cancer cells. But you should get this clarification from your doctor. ...Read more

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Mammo:ill marginated focal assymetry, sono:two lipomas or intramamary lymphs, mri:looks benign but birads 4, and recommends biopsy.Im confused/scared!

Mammo:ill marginated focal assymetry, sono:two lipomas or intramamary lymphs, mri:looks benign but birads 4, and recommends biopsy.Im confused/scared!

Seek expert opinion: I would advise that you consult a breast cancer surgeon or medical oncologist who has reputation of being a specialist in breast diseases/cancer. Based on your history, you may need to have a biopsy of the lumps/masses/ shadows that you have mentioned. That is the final solution to any palpable/visible lump in the breast. This will remove your anxiety which is due to the uncertainty you are facin. ...Read more

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Explain what sections reveal a benign cyst lined by a cuboidal epithelium, it thrown into papillary fronds. appearance is serous papillary cystadenoma?

Explain what  sections reveal a benign cyst lined by a cuboidal epithelium, it thrown into papillary fronds. appearance is serous papillary cystadenoma?

Benign cyst: These are the pathologist's descriptions of what the tissue looks like under the microscope. The details don't matter as much as the bottom line: it's a benign cyst , ie, not cancer. It would be helpful to know what part of the body the tissue was taken from. ...Read more

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What does a hypoechoic non vascular round shaped nodule 7mm on thyroid bed. Post thyroidectomy. Meaning?

What does a hypoechoic non vascular  round shaped nodule 7mm on thyroid bed. Post thyroidectomy. Meaning?

Not entirely clear: This means there is a "nodule" or lymph node in the area where your surgery was. If the surgeon performed a partial lobectomy, then there could be some thyroid left there and also a nodule. It could be a lymph node that was outside of where the thyroid was. Also, in reality if the surgeon did remove the entire lobe, it could be remnant scar that is being interpreted as such. Speak with surgeon. ...Read more

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Will a benign breast lump become malignant or cancerous?

Will a benign breast lump become malignant or cancerous?

It depends: There are many different kinds of benign tumors in the breast. Hyperplasia, dysplasia, dcis and lcis are known to progress to cancer. It is more rare with other benign lumps. ...Read more

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Does a completely removed potential precursor to malignant melanoma atypical nevus return in same place? Does it return as a malignant melanoma?

Does a completely removed potential precursor to malignant melanoma atypical nevus return in same place? Does it return as a malignant melanoma?

No: If it was removed completely, it will not return. This is why it's good to take margins. If it does recur at the site, it will probably still be a benign lesion, but keep an eye on it. The most important thing about a diagnosis of atypical nevus is that it warns you're likely to get a melanoma someplace else. Keep an eye on all your skin (partner, dermatologist) and quick removal will save you! ...Read more

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more


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Nevi (Definition)

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