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Skin Melanoma Prognosis
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
What causes melanoma? I know too much sun causes melanoma, but what could cause it on skin that’s never exposed to sun?
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
Seen small brwn oval on my pinky a couple months ago It's a little bigger than pin head, it was dark brwn but is light brwn now no melanoma symptoms?
I recently had stitches after a margin of skin was removed due to melanoma. My upper stitches have been removed but I still have the disintegrating ones and the area where they are is in so much pain I don't know what to do.?
Aggressive cancer: Melanoma develops from melanocytes cells of the lower layers in the skin. These cells produce pigments and the color of skin. When they form into cancer it can grow radially and deeply which can be dangerous as it can subsequently spread to other areas of the body. There are genetic predispositions as well as ultraviolet radiation exposure and sunburns are risk factors. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Melanoma: Generally, a melanoma that has spread to another skin site resembles the primary lesion in that it is black and variegated in its depth of coloration. Sometimes, the metastatic lesion loses its color and appears flesh-colored. However, that is less common. Either way, the new lesion needs to be examined immediately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Approximately how long does it take for a melanoma to go deeper than. 50 mm into the skin. I know there are many variables. I just ask for approximati?
A guess: Melanomas can behave quite differently. Some can stay relatively dormant for years, while others grow like wild fire. I would estimate that a superficial spreading melanoma (the most common type) would reach 0.5 mm in depth in about 6 months to 2 years from its inception. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Melanoma: Things to do about melanoma: 1. Prevention: avoid sun exposure between 10am & 4pm. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. 2. Detection: get to know your skin, do monthly skin self exam, including genital/perianal area. Show new or changing moles to dermatologist asap if melanoma is diagnosed early, chances of cure are high. No truly effective tx for late/metastatic melanoma. Early detection is key. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin exam: Skin cancer screening is very important, particularly in high risk people who have positive family history of skin cancer, who easily burn, who have had many sun burns in their youth, who have fair complexion, who smoke, who live in sunny climates, who use sun tan salons, and who have many atypical moles. A dermatologist is an expert who can evaluate your skin and provide treatment if necessary. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Modified alphabet: A: asymetry of the borders, when folded in half the two halves of the mole do not match b: border irregularity, they are jagged uneven, not smooth c: variegated and multiple d: diameter >4mm e: elevation, growing up off the skin surface, or evolution (it is changing in some way) u: ulceration, the skin surface has broken down ****any lesion that is new or changing deserves further analysis, see your dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nothing: There is no really good oral med for melanoma. Once the tumor has spread systemic interferon is often used. There are new drugs being developed. Melanama traditionally has been resistent to most types of medications. The mainstay of treatment for melanoma remains surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin exams: Complete skin examinations at least four times a year. Once you develop one melanoma, you are at risk for developing an additional melanoma. Also depending on the level of risk associated with your particular melanoma imaging may be ordered to assess for the development of distant disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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