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Symptoms Of Recurrent Melanoma
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
Use ABCDE RULE: It's best to see a dermatologist but a good rule of thumb is the abcd guidelines a=asymmetry of lesion b=border is irregular c=colors are multiple and not consistent d=diameter is greater than 6mm e=evolution of lesion with changes and enlargement. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Recurrent melanoma: Generally, melanomas are black in color but often are dis homogeneous in the amount of pigment. Occasionally, some recurring melanomas lose their ability to produce pigment and appear as flesh colored lesions. Your dermatologist of course is in the best position to answer your questions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgery: Surgery is the best treatment of melanoma. If the melanoma has spread so that surgery is not possible there are new chemotherapeutic medication that shows some promise. Cancer centers also have vaccines and there is a medication called interferon that may help. In some cases radiation therapy is used to reduce symptoms but it cannot sure melanoma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many disguises: I have seen melanoma spread nearly everywhere you can imagine, and the site of metastasis dictates the symptoms that may occur. Common sites include lymph nodes, lung, liver, bone, and small intestine. Lymph nodes: a lump in the underarm, neck, or groin. Lung: cough, shortness of breath or bloody sputum. Liver: jaundice or pain. Bone: pain or fracture. Small intestine: bloody bm, blockage. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Malignant Melanoma: Aad malignant melanoma screening: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How do I know I've got a melanoma? Which are the symptoms? Does it have to look all black ? Or how?
See below: There is considerable variation in color size and shape of melanomas. It does not have to be all black. It would be useful to see your doctor for an evaluation. You may consult this site for the various images of melanomas. https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0LEVjzd8bJU_5AAdBQPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTBsa3ZzMnBvBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw--?_adv_prop=image&fr=yhs-mozilla-001&sz=all&va=melanoma+skin+cancer&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-001 ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with melanoma. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?
Skin exam &biopsy: Melanoma is diagnosed by performing a complete skin exam and by taking a sample (biopsy) of the suspicous areas. The skin biopsy is then examined under a microscope to determine if it is melanoma. See the picture to find out what typical melanoma moles look like. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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