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Soft Tissue Melanoma
If nodular melanoma was picked off. Would a biopsy of the underlying tissue a few months later still be accurate to make a diagnosis.
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
Do I have a increased chance of melanoma if mole is scratched or some tissues on the mole gets removed?
18 mnth ago mole 3-4mm was accident scratched then I went into hot tub and mole peeled away. Now scar tissue no mole. If melanoma would it show now?
Picked off mole (maroon, black tissue initially mistook as blood blister)what I realized later looked exactly= Nodular melanoma. Would bx still be accurate for diagnosis since I picked off visible lesion.
Biopsy needed: Yes, if this is in fact a melanoma, a biopsy would still show it even though you pulled off the top layer. If it's not a melanoma, a diagnosis could still possibly be made. It would be uncommon for you to be able to simply pull off a melanoma however. See your dermatologist to be sure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My grandmother died of melanoma of the vulva and my mom had cancerous tissue removed from her breast, what are my chances of catching cancer?
Melanoma and eye exams. My father had a zero stage melanoma removed from his arm about 5 years ago. Should he be seeing an eye doctor regularly to check for melanoma in his eye tissue? I keep trying to get him to the eye doctor - he clearly needs glasse
Sure: It is unlikely that he will develop melanoma in the eye. But he should definitely see his eye for an exam and to get those glasses. Also he should be seeing a dermatologist several times a year. Once you develop on melanoma, you are more likely to develop more. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
This require urgent attn? I have a 2-3mm elevated mole like. Skin color/whitish, shaved over by error so looks grown.Itchy, soft.Is it kind of melanoma?
How does the number of cases of melanoma compare in light skinned vs. Medium skinned vs. Dark skinned persons?
Learn your ABCD's: Definitive diagnosis is made by biopsy. Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. If you have a skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen as well for evaluation and possible biopsy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Highly variable: There are aggressive fast-spreading cancers and there are slow-spreading cancers. An aggressive fast-spreading melanoma can metastasize even before it's visible on the skin. Some superficial slow-spreading melanomas may spread wide but not deep and may not invade the bloodstream for many months. The problem is there's no predicting how a melanoma is going to behave so early detection is key. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more
Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the ...Read more
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