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Size Of Melanoma
Yes: Melanoma is a fairly aggressive malignancy with a significant history of metastasis a much more problematic issue than local growth. No one should have a melanoma left untreated for a 6 year time frame. I question wether you are referring to nodular basal cell carcinoma which also needs to be excised but does not have the metastatic potential. ...Read more
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
It might: Any pathologist will tell you that the inside of a nodular melanoma is full of areas of rapid growth and usually areas where the tumor seems to be regressing. It's not incoinceivable that a nodular melanoma did not grow. If you have any suspicion that your mass is a melanoma or other cancer, ask to have it excised. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are melanomas usually a reddish pink irregular looking patch on skin? about the size of a pencil eraser?
Yes it can be: Most melanomas are mixtures of brown/black or tan color. Reddish pink would be uncommon. but watch for changes such as further enlargement in size or changes in color. If it gets bigger, get it removed. You could watch it for a few months and decide if it needs to be checked by your doctor in order to be certain. ...Read more
Is a skin tag with a base about the size of a dime cause for concern? The "tag" part takes up about 1/3 of the area. Can this turn to melanoma?
I spotted this mole six months ago. Since than the dark layer fell once, and grew back again. But it never grew in size. Is it potentially melanoma?
Dermatolog said my mole was normal(a year ago)but it has shrunk in size a bit.No other signs of melanoma.Should I be worried?Is this normal?Cancerous?
What would cause a pet scan to not detect malignant melanoma that was about the size of a chocolate easter egg? I also have type II diabetes.
Many Factors: No test is always right, pet/ct included. Every patient's tumor is unique, too. How a particular tumor will take up the primary pet/ct tracer, called f-18 fdg, is also not perfectly known. Some consistently fail to take up FDG that pet/ct is rarely used to image them, but this is not true for melanoma. Finally, smaller tumors are always harder to see, no matter which imaging technique is used. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very Tiny mole on abdomen. About size of crayon point - 2 different colors- had full body check 3 days ago. Forgot to ask- Could this be melanoma?
about 6 mm, flat and under skin, black and asymmetrical spot on skin. Noticing for 1-2 days. not changed in size or shape. one color. on upper hip (on kidney area). is it melanoma? or is it benign. I wish I could add a photo.
You may watch and wait. If the mole doubles in size, becomes irregular in size, shape or color, bleeds, ulcerates or develops a nodule, see a doctor.
Wish you good health! ...Read more
Will a melanoma always grow and change shape? I have a mole I'm concerned about only because it's somewhat new (2017) shape and size seems to be the same. Color got darker after I accidently scratched it off.. Hyperpigmentation maybe?
Have lesion examined: Never a bad idea to have such a lesion examined. While there might be some healing going on, better to have it evaluated early on. You can start with your primary care physician or a dermatologist. ...Read more
Pinkish/red splotch on thigh, about the size of a fingernail, no clear borders. Close to where I have stretch marks. Anxious it's advanced melanoma or something, it's been there for almost a year but I never thought anything of it before. Advice? D:
Color: Not typical of melanoma, but like any other skin lesion having your doc take a look at it is always a good idea. ...Read more
Can cherry angiomas increase in size? One started as a dot and now it's bigger and raised. Concerned about nodular melanoma.
I have this small mole on my leg that doesn't really break the ABC's of melanoma but has a small black dot in it. no redness or change in size.
Lesion?: If concerned enough to write here on HealthTap, BEST to seek in person examination and bx.... ...Read more
I noticed two flat brown/white spots, size of finger nail, in the center of my chest. Can Melanoma be flat and just appear on skin?
Button on the front appeared rapidly (4 weeks) skin color wt small symmetrical colored spots, bulging, roughened, mole size? Could that be a melanoma?
help!easily Scratched a newly apeared jet black shinny mole on my leg, size 2mm, not bad in shape, just jet black concerned me,dermatologist said come back when it re appears in a month or so, worried about scratching a melanoma is it safe to wait?
Picked off spot on palm of hand. It came back, shrunk to size of Pin prick and has moved. I'm a 21-year-old male. Melanoma? Going to doctor on 24th.
Likely a wart: From what you described, the lesion is more likely to be a wart than a melanoma. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Concerned re: mole on my ankle that appeared about 8 months ago. It is about pencil eraser size, but I googled and found "nodular melanoma", and one of the images looks like my mole... i I have derma appt in 6 wks, should I get looked at sooner?
Yes you should: If you can't get an appt with a dermatologist for whatever the reason, a podiatrist should be able to evaluate you just the same..... ...Read more
24yo female. Previous stage 3a malignant melanoma. L axillary nodes removal + interferon. Now, 3 yrs later and R jugulodigastric node has grown in size over 6 week period. Nontender, immovable, painless, no cold/flu s&s but severe fatigue. Thoughts?
Time to see doctor: Generally, a patient who had lymph node spread of a cancer and is only a few years out from treatment still has to keep monitoring for any possible recurrence. That can be stressful at times, because many people will get false alarms from symptoms that are not cancer recurrences. Sometimes symptoms do turn out to be bad. The only way to know is to evaluate symptoms such as enlarged immobile nodes. ...Read more