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Doctor insights on: Stage 4 Melanoma Cancer

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If I have stage 4 melanoma, does that increase my chances of getting breast cancer or another form of cancer?

If I have stage 4 melanoma, does that increase my chances of getting breast cancer or another form of cancer?

Not all that signifi: It does not increase the risk. So i would ask you not to worry any more than you already are if you have stage 4 melanoma. I hope you are not confusing it with level-4 melanoma which means non- metastatic melanoma(curable) as opposed to metastatic melanoma(stage-4) which is less commonly curable. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What does it mean when someone with stage 4 skin cancer can only breath through her mouth?

What does it mean when someone with stage 4 skin cancer can only breath through her mouth?

Nasal obstruction?: The implication that someone can only breathe through their mouth is interpreted to mean that they cannot breathe through their nose due to an obstruction. This does not follow as a direct result of advanced skin cancer. ...Read more

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What is melanoma skin cancer?

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 more

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How common is melanoma skin cancer?

How common is melanoma skin cancer?

21 per 100k people: 21 per 100000 men and women per year. It is estimated 76, 690 new cases and 9480 deaths in 2013 due to melanoma. ...Read more

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Is melanoma cancer curable/reversible?

Is melanoma cancer curable/reversible?

Very curable: In its early stages. Once it has spread from the primary site to other organs, the prognosis is much worse. Early treatment is key to a good outcome. ...Read more

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What to do about melanoma; skin cancer.?

What to do about melanoma; skin cancer.?

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 more

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What exactly is non-melanoma skin cancer?

What exactly is non-melanoma skin cancer?

Other skin cancer: that means the 2 more common skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the causes of melanoma cancers?

Doctors, what are the causes of melanoma cancers?

Sun exposure: Melanoma is mainly caused by sun exposure (this includes tanning beds). People with fair skin are more prone to developing it. There are also some rare genetic disorders that can also predispose you to getting melanoma. The best way to prevent it is to avoid prolonged sun exposure and use sunblock lotion. ...Read more

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Is there a melanoma cancer walk or a melanoma society?

Is there a melanoma cancer walk or a melanoma society?

Yes: Melanoma is a lethal disease if untreated, early detection and excision will cure melanoma.Awareness and education is essential to cure, which is done by melanoma walks in your local area, several organisations like melanoma research alliance, melanoma.Org etc contact your local american society office for more information or your local hospital. ...Read more

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How can someone know if they have melanoma skin cancer?

How can someone know if they have melanoma skin cancer?

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 more

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What are the signs when you get a skin cancer/melanoma?

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 more

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Which oral medication is available for melanoma skin cancer?

Which oral medication is available for melanoma skin cancer?

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 more

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes the melanoma cancer?

Unknown: Many factors appear to impact melanoma, including genetic (family) factors, sun radiation exposure and damage, etc. Normal cell division is impacted, causing replication of pigment producing cells rapidly and abnormally. Important to seek medical attn. For sites changing color, shape, size or irritability (itching, stinging, etc) often are symptoms. ...Read more

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What kind of tests are done in the follow-up for melanoma skin cancer?

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 more

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Can someone be truly cured of a serious cancer like lymphoma or melanoma?

Yes: Of course all cases are different but many people with either melanoma or lymphoma appear to be cured by their treatment, . ...Read more

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Can someone who doesn't spend a lot of time outside get melanoma skin cancer?

Yes: Sun exposure increases your risk but anyone of any race can get melanoma. Bob Marley died of melanoma in his 30's. :( ...Read more

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How can it be that melanoma skin cancers spread quicker than internal cancers?

Melanoma : Melanoma has the potential to spread quickly through the blood and lymph systems if not detected early. ...Read more

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What can I do if my grandfather was found today to have melanoma skin cancer. How long could he possibly live?

What can I do if my grandfather was found today to have melanoma skin cancer. How long could he possibly live?

Melanoma: Melanoma prognosis depends on lymph node spread. The possibility of lymph node spread is directly dependent on depth of the melanoma (breslow depth). Staging uses the depth and lymph node involvement. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

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


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

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