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Malignant melanoma is a cancer that begins usually in the pigmented cells (melanocytes) of the skin. It is generally considered the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Most cases are localized and caught fairly early but some people will develop widespread ...Read more
How likely is it to get skin melanoma when you're 20? No family history, no tanning bed use, few sunburns as a kid (no recent ones), 50+ tiny moles.
Unlikely: The risks for melanoma are: red hair, fair skin, light eyes,numerous freckles, a family history of melanoma or non invasive skin cancer, many moles(>50), elderly men, white males>50 all have higher risks. So ur risk is very low. If worried u shd see a dermatologist who can examine u and reassure even more. ...Read more
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
Spread in blood: Cancer can spread to other areas through the lymphatics to lymph nodes or directly invade the blood stream and float and pumped to other areas of the body. Therefore melanoma is a very dangerous cancer where the slightest growth deep into the skin ends up getting into the blood stream. Its a strange disease though as the original melanoma may be resected years before it shows up in other organs. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
1 month ago pink spot/lump on face scratched bleed a lot scabbed over it fell off now normal skin. Nodular melanoma? Would the lump grow back by now?
Derm: Any suspicious skin lesion should be checked by dermatologist for safetly. ...Read more
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: 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
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
Depends: A biopsy, in general, is very accurate. Nothing is more accurate than a properly done biopsy read by a competent pathologist. However, nothing is 100%. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
What can I do if my grandfather was found today to have melanoma skin cancer. How long could he possibly live?
Skin cancer check: A dermatologist will carefully visually inspect exposed skin from head to toe for signs of skin cancer such as a mole that changes size, color, or shape. A spot or growth that is not healing for a couple of months, itches, bleeds or is tender may represent skin cancer. A magnifying device, special lighting, or even an optical device called melafind may all be utilized. ...Read more
Yes yes yes!!!: I will admit there are few things lovelier than a well tanned female body but in the end, a tan is a response to injury and ultimately not good for you. Sun exposure will increase the risk for skin cancers of all types, including the potentially deadly melanoma. It will also cause premature skin aging. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure (and tanning beds as well). Best to you. ...Read more