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What is the abcde screening method for melanoma?|

What is the abcde screening method for melanoma?|

Also...: "e" was added more recently. Stands for evolution- in other words a mole that has recently changed it's size, shape, and/or color; or has started to bleed, become crusty or inflammed. ...Read more

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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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How can you use education and screening to prevent melanoma morbidity?

How can you use education and screening to prevent melanoma morbidity?

Early Diagnosis: I'm not sure I am interpreting your question correctly but patient education and screening of appropriate individuals will help get an earlier diagnosis which will increase survival and decrease te morbidity of melanoma treatment. The abcd rule is used to identify at risk skin lesions. ...Read more

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Are there screening options for familial melanoma?

Are there screening options for familial melanoma?

Melanoma screen: All individuals with a family history of melanoma should be screened at least once per year for signs of early melanoma. Melanoma is 99 percent curable if found early, whereas if found late carries a very high mortality rate. ...Read more

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Does melanoma contine to grow and change on skin. Just had mole removed dr feels aytipical no changes at least in last 2 years and seen four derms (6mth screenings) rounded flat dark brown 5-6mm mole?

Does melanoma contine to grow and change on skin.  Just had mole removed dr feels aytipical no changes at least in last 2 years and seen four derms (6mth screenings) rounded flat dark brown 5-6mm mole?

Ugly duckling: No hard and fast rules about when to watch and when to cut. One way to decide is the ugly duckling principle. If one mole looks a lot different then the rest remove it. If a lot of abnormal moles take the worst, the one that is changing, or new. For sure remove if =/>7mm irreg shape > 2 colors fuzzy borders. There is also the willy factor. If it gives me the "willies" get it out. Good health ...Read more

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I get yearly skin screenings and will continue to do so. My question is about a previous excised mole. It was a moderate-severe atypical dysplastic nevus. I know having atypical moles can be a sign of increased chance of melanoma. I've also read that ma

I get yearly skin screenings and will continue to do so.  My question is about a previous excised mole.  It was a moderate-severe atypical dysplastic nevus. I know having atypical moles can be a sign of increased chance of melanoma. I've also read that ma

Low risk: As long as the atypical nevus was excised with negative margins (normal skin at all edges), then you should be fine. Lower your risk of developing a new problem somewhere else by avoiding excessive sun exposure, or by using frequent applications of sunscreen if you must be out in the sun. ...Read more

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What happens during a skin cancer screening visit?

What happens during a skin cancer screening visit?

Full body exam: Docotor will examine face, neck, trunk and extremities lookin off any suspicious lesions. If necessary the dermatologist will also examine lymph nodes, inside of mouth. Suspicious lesions if any will be biopsied. A follow up examination will be scheduled depending on findings and skin cancer, and family history. ...Read more

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What happens during a skin cancer screening? Do they take biopsy tests?

What happens during a skin cancer screening? Do they take biopsy tests?

Exam +/- biopsy: First, your doctor will examine your skin primarily by looking at it. If any suspicious lesions are noted, he may recommend biopsy or treatment with liquid nitrogen. This is done in the office, and is not a big ordeal. ...Read more

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Can photography or computer imaging be used for skin cancer screening?

Can photography or computer imaging be used for skin cancer screening?

Yes: There are several on-line services that will give you and estimate as to whether a picture of your skin lesion is malignant. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a 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