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Doctor insights on: Physical Symptoms Of Melanoma

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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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Which symptom did you have of melanoma?

Which symptom did you have of melanoma?

Use ABCDE RULE: It's best to see a dermatologist but a good rule of thumb is the abcd guidelines a=asymmetry of lesion b=border is irregular c=colors are multiple and not consistent d=diameter is greater than 6mm e=evolution of lesion with changes and enlargement. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of melanoma if it has spread?

What are the symptoms of melanoma if it has spread?

Many disguises: I have seen melanoma spread nearly everywhere you can imagine, and the site of metastasis dictates the symptoms that may occur. Common sites include lymph nodes, lung, liver, bone, and small intestine. Lymph nodes: a lump in the underarm, neck, or groin. Lung: cough, shortness of breath or bloody sputum. Liver: jaundice or pain. Bone: pain or fracture. Small intestine: bloody bm, blockage. ...Read more

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What symptoms are typically associated with melanoma?

What symptoms are typically associated with 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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What are the symptoms of stage three melanoma in a teenage female?

What are the symptoms of stage three melanoma in a teenage female?

Lymph nodes.: The main thing in stage iii melanoma in anyone is that there are palpable lymph nodes in the vicinity of the tumor/melanoma. It has a 50% 5 year survival if only one node is involved and a 15-20% 5 year survival if 4 or more nodes are involved. Survival is improved with interferon-alpha treatment. Chemotherapy and immunotherapy may alsso help. Please see your doctor for the best treatment plan. ...Read more

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Is melanoma transmitted from person-to-person through physical contact?

Is melanoma transmitted from person-to-person through physical contact?

Nope: Cancer are not contagious conditions. Some cancers are associated to viral infections (like hpv and cervical cancer). While the viruses can be transmitted, the cancers cannot. Melanoma is (to my knowledge) not related to viral infections but rather uv exposure. ...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. https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0LEVjzd8bJU_5AAdBQPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTBsa3ZzMnBvBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw--?_adv_prop=image&fr=yhs-mozilla-001&sz=all&va=melanoma+skin+cancer&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-001 ...Read more

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I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with melanoma. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?

I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with melanoma. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?

Skin exam &biopsy: Melanoma is diagnosed by performing a complete skin exam and by taking a sample (biopsy) of the suspicous areas. The skin biopsy is then examined under a microscope to determine if it is melanoma. See the picture to find out what typical melanoma moles look like. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of malignant melanoma?

What are the symptoms of malignant melanoma?

Varies: Many melanomas are without symptoms. Some are itchy, irritated, or may bleed. They have often changed shape, size or color, but these changes are usually asymptomatic. If the melanoma has spread, there are multiple other symptoms that could possibly occur. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of metastatic melanoma?

What are the symptoms of metastatic melanoma?

Depends: The most common symptom would be no symptoms at all. Metastatic melanoma is often picked up on imaging. Symptoms can occur depending on the location of the lesions. Neurological symptoms for brain mets, bleeding or obstruction for GI mets, possible pulmonary symptoms for lung mets. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms without treatment having melanoma?

What are the symptoms without treatment having melanoma?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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Most melanomas are brought to a doctor’s attention because of signs or symptoms a person is having. What are they?

Most melanomas are brought to a doctor’s attention because of signs or symptoms a person is having. What are they?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of malignant melanoma on your back?

What are the symptoms of malignant melanoma on your back?

Skin mole: Melanoma doesn't usually hurt or cause symptoms. Sometimes it itches or bleeds easily. If it is very large it can cause pain. If it has spread to other organs it can also cause symptoms. But if it is small and just on the back, it doesn't cause much in the line of symptoms. Visit your doctor to talk about your options to determine if it really is melanoma (punch biopsy or shave biopsy). ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of metastatic melanoma?

What are the most common symptoms of metastatic melanoma?

Depends: The most common symptom would be no symptoms at all. Metastatic melanoma is often picked up on imaging. Symptoms can occur depending on the location of the lesions. Neurological symptoms for brain mets, bleeding or obstruction for GI mets, possible pulmonary symptoms for lung mets. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms when a melanoma metastasis? How does a late stage melanoma look alike?

Variable: The symptoms are quite variable depending on the organs affected by the metastases. Similarly the appearance of the lesions also varies, and not all lesions have pigment. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/melanoma/basics/definition/con-20026009 ...Read more

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Would you advise for a prostrate exam as part of my annual physical? I'm 66 and was treated successfully for a retinal melanoma 10 years ago.

Prostate exam: See: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/moreinformation/prostatecancerearlydetection/prostate-cancer-early-detection-acs-recommendations Digital rectal exam is important part of health assessment. ...Read more

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I have a mole with 2 out of 5 of the abcde symptoms (melanoma) its border and color. Lesion benign?

I have a mole with 2 out of 5 of the abcde symptoms (melanoma) its border and color. Lesion benign?

Tell me more: The most significant features to watch are size(>5mm) and mixture of colors(C and D). Tell us which 2 features are causing you concern??? Then we can guide you further in terms of the need for doing a biopsy or not. ...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