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Do I have a increased chance of melanoma if mole is scratched or some tissues on the mole gets removed?

Do I have a increased chance of melanoma if mole is scratched or some tissues on the mole gets removed?

Benign Moles: These benign moles stay benign even if you scratch them.Like skin, they are benign and scratching,etc did not make them change. If you have a new ''mole'' that you keep scratching and it bleeds,scabs and keeps repeating that sequence, then have the doctors look at it. ...Read more

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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Had a mole removed which wasn't biopsied at the time. Dr went back and got tissue to biopsy. Path negative. But would the scar tissue show melanoma?

Had a mole removed which wasn't biopsied at the time. Dr went back and got tissue to biopsy. Path negative. But would the scar tissue show melanoma?

Melanoma?: Always any removed tissue should be sent to histopathology. Help me, the Dr. did the procedure and did not sent the tissue the first time? or he did take a portion of the specimen which was sent for examination? If he did the above is correct, otherwise is a guessing work which will be non contributory. You should pay attention and if in the mole or pigment recurs go immediately to a cancer cente ...Read more

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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?

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?

Not necessarily: If the question is if 18 months surveillance is enough for a melanoma follow up I would answer no. Know your ABCD' s for melanoma and always check for dynamics. If in doubt or location is an issue have your doc take a look at the lesion. Scars are always unpredictable. ...Read more

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Biopsy on 3 toenails with longitudinal streaks. No evidence of melanocytes (melanoma) or fungus. Consistent with scar tissue. Patho and Dr stumped???

Biopsy on 3 toenails with longitudinal streaks. No evidence of melanocytes (melanoma) or fungus. Consistent with scar tissue. Patho and Dr stumped???

Event marker...: I wish I knew if all three toenails involved were on the same foot., or even contingent toes. Longitudinal markings do not have to be from melanoma or fungus. The streaks come from the nail matrix area. something has caused the root to mark the the new nails as they grow. This could be from chemical, thermal or physical damage to the root areas. Sometime it's permanent and other times temporary. ...Read more

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Noninvasive melanoma 8yrs ago on arm pain/tingling there now Dr says its scar tissue from the surgery...thoughts? have rotator cuff tear same area

Noninvasive melanoma 8yrs ago on arm   pain/tingling there now Dr says its scar tissue from the surgery...thoughts?  have rotator cuff tear same area

Symptoms not due to: Melanoma in situ or lentigo maligna was cured 8 years ago. Symptoms related to shoulder or neck. Should be checked yearly by dermatologist. Cured from 1 skin cancer= increased risk of future skin cancer. ...Read more

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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.

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 more

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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

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 more

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What is melanoma?

What is melanoma?

Skin cancer: Melanoma is a cancer that develops in the melanocytes, pigmented cells of the outer layer of skin. While it is related to sun and uv radiation, it is possible to get melanoma in areas that receive minimal sun exposure. Melanoma is generally considered the most dangerous form of skin cancer, more likely to metastasize than the more common basal or squamous cell cancers. ...Read more

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Tissue (Definition)

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


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