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Us of thyroid 3 growing nodules 1.5cm + . Microcalcification, internal vascularity, iso & hypoechoic, solid. history stg III melanoma. Fna sched. Worry?

Us of thyroid 3 growing nodules 1.5cm + .  Microcalcification, internal vascularity, iso & hypoechoic, solid. history stg III melanoma. Fna sched. Worry?

Thyroid nodules: Though majority of thyroid nodules are benign but increased vascularity calcification and increasing size suggest a possible chance of malignancy you need a ultrasound guided biopsy to decide future management. ...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


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What does asymmetric thickening of the cecum and ascending colon with enlarged para-aortic nodes mean? Had thyroid cancer and stage IIC melanoma 2013

What does asymmetric thickening of the cecum and ascending colon with enlarged para-aortic nodes mean? Had thyroid cancer and stage IIC melanoma 2013

Question for your Dr: Whoever ordered the CT scan (primary doctor / oncologist) should interpret the scan report for you - it's important to follow-up after test. Asymmetric thickening means that one wall / side of the colon in these parts (the 1st part) is thicker than the other wall. The lymph nodes on either side of this thickened colon are enlarged. These are non-specific. A recurrence is poss, but a biopsy needed. ...Read more

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If I had a melanoma on the back of my neck and it spread, which specific type of neck lymph nodes would it likely first spread to?

If I had a melanoma on the back of my neck and it spread, which specific type of neck lymph nodes would it likely first spread to?

Sentinel node: If surgical exploration is needed to look for lymph node draining the site of the lesion, a dye or radioactive isotope is injected at the site of the lesion and the dye or radioactivity is tracked to identify the first lymph node where the marker ends up. ...Read more

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My mom had melanoma on neck got it removed and didn't spread! I got a skin check and I need 4 biopsies in a month to be safe. Why so long to get it?

My mom had melanoma on neck got it removed and didn't spread! I got a skin check and I need 4 biopsies in a month to be safe. Why so long to get it?

Your question?unclea: Not every mole needs to biopsied. An experienced physician/dermatologist exercises judgment and would only remove one or two suspicious lesions. You may benefit from seeing another doctor for a second opinion which will save you some money and avoid scars on your skin. ...Read more

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I have hard, non-mobile, non-tender, lymph nodes under my neck for 2 months and a history of melanoma. Should i be worried?

Yes: Depending on where your melanoma was located and what prior treatment you received, your current lymphadenopathy may or may not be related to your history. Nevertheless, additional work-up and biopsy (by fine needle aspiration or core biopsy) may be recommended for definitive characterization. ...Read more

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Can a neck mole get darker from sun exposure? It hasn't demonstrated any other other signs/symptoms of melanoma. I'm a 20 Y/O man. Biopsy in July.

Can a neck mole get darker from sun exposure? It hasn't demonstrated any other other signs/symptoms of melanoma. I'm a 20 Y/O man. Biopsy in July.

Not likely: If the mole is changing over a fairly short period of time, you are right to get it evaluated and biopsied. While sunlight is implicated in the causation of melanoma, there is no evidence that it will change a mole that is pre-existing. ...Read more

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I have history of melanoma and recently been getting headaches all the time behind my eye and base of neck. I can feel huge bump there. Is it related?

I have history of melanoma and recently been getting headaches all the time behind my eye and base of neck. I can feel huge bump there. Is it related?

It could be: Melanoma can spread pretty much to everywhere-including brain, eyes, bones etc. You should go to see your md as soon as possible and have youself checked. You would definitely need o get some imagings done-like MRI to brain and perhaps also other imaging such as ct scan as indicated. Your pmd can refer you to see a see a specialist ( oncologist) for further evaluation and management. ...Read more

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Rapidly growing, even boardered,uniform colored brown spot on neck.Seeing derm in 3 weeks.Gp concerned about skin cancer. Low risk its melanoma? Im 21

Rapidly growing, even boardered,uniform colored brown spot on neck.Seeing derm in 3 weeks.Gp concerned about skin cancer. Low risk its melanoma? Im 21

ABCDE of melanoma: Check out http://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/abcds-of-melanoma-skin-cancer as quick reference to ABCDEs of skin cancer. You didn't mention size but it's change/growing thus evolving. While melanoma is rare in 21yo, I agree that evaluation is key. May need biopsy for absolute proof. ...Read more

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I have a suspecious mole but my dermatologist said its not melanoma. Does one swollen lymph node on the back of the neck right side can indicate there is melanoma?

Biopsy the mole: If you are concerned about a mole, the safest and thing would be to perform a biopsy on the mole. That would be the first step. A swollen lymph node can caused by many different things such as infections. ...Read more

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Can a left ear melanoma give swollen lymph nodes on both sides of the neck, on the back of the head left side and also on the top of both shoulders?

Can a left ear melanoma give swollen lymph nodes on both sides of the neck, on the back of the head left side and also on the top of both shoulders?

Certainly: Melanoma can travel anywhere in the body, no matter where it originated. So, yes, a left ear melanoma can travel to lymph nodes in your neck (cervical nodes) on both sides, including the top (supraclavicular) and bottom (infraclavicular) areas of the collar bones. ...Read more

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I have 2 swollen lymph nodes in neck and history of melanoma is a CBC and chest X-ray enough tests? X-ray was clear lymphocytes high on cbc

I have 2 swollen lymph nodes in neck and history of melanoma is a CBC and chest X-ray enough tests? X-ray was clear lymphocytes high on cbc

See your doc: I would bring these lymph nodes to the attention of your surgeon. If they appear suspicious a biopsy would be performed to obtain a diagnosis. ...Read more

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2 swollen lymph nodes in neck history of melanoma CBC normal apart from high lymphocytes chest X-ray normal, doc not doing any more tests, worried.

2 swollen lymph nodes in neck history of melanoma CBC normal apart from high lymphocytes chest X-ray normal, doc not doing any more tests, worried.

Questions: Lots of questions to help figure this out. Where are the nodes, where was the melanoma, how deep was it and how was it treated? How long ago was the melanoma found? If the nodes are in the drainage basin of the primary melanoma, that is more cause for worry than if they are elsewhere. ...Read more

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My brother has a weird brown mark on his side of the neck is this a sign of skin cancer or something?

My brother has a weird brown mark on his side of the neck is this a sign of skin cancer or something?

Appears benign: Chances for a person in his twenties to have skin cancer on the neck is rare. However we have seen melanomas and other cancers in all ages. If the lesion is weird looking, it should be checked by dermatologist. ...Read more

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I found an odd dotted-orange spot roughly three square inches on my neck. Is it skin cancer?

I found an odd dotted-orange spot roughly three square inches on my neck. Is it skin cancer?

Need to examine: It is not likely to be cancer, but you should have it examined and if needed have it biopsied and examined by a pathologists for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dits been about a year and I have had 2 small dark colored freckles appear on my cheek bone and back of neck, should I check for melenoma?

Dits been about a year and I have had 2 small dark colored freckles appear on my cheek bone and back of neck, should I check for melenoma?

See a dermatologist: I recommend going to see a dermatologist since I am not there to actually see it. The abcdes of melanoma are:a=asymmetry(one half unlike the other half), b=border (irregular, scalloped, poorly defined border), c=color (varied from one are to another), d=diameter (while melanomas are usually greater than 6mm they can be smaller when diagnosed), e=evolving(change in size, shape, color).See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Sudden tiny growth on neck, wont heal. Have appt. w/ derm. Recently had blood panels for other issues, if skin cancer would blood be abnormal?

Sudden tiny growth on neck, wont heal. Have appt. w/ derm. Recently had blood panels for other issues, if skin cancer would blood be abnormal?

No: Unfortunately, there is currently no blood test used to detect skin cancer. A skin growth that does not heal needs to be biopsied to rule out skin cancer. ...Read more

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I just checked a bump on my neck. It's whitish pink surrounded by reddish. I've had a burn a few times past week. I'm fair skinned. Skin cancer poss?

Skin cancer is a: delayed risk of sun exposure, usually happening many years after the initial uv damage. This sounds more like acute infection. If it persists, see a doctor for definitive treatment. ...Read more

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I had a sunburn on my neck 3 months ago and my burn went away however my skin has been brown ever since I am 17 years old is this skin cancer or anyth?

Met: Sunburn can increase the risk for skin cancer in some children. I would recommend that you see your PCP for an evaluation. Signs to watch for include bleeding, irregular borders and an increase in size of the lesion. ...Read more

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Strawbery blonde wih many freckles, have noticed several shiny bumps on skin (face, back of neck & arms) only 28 and worried it could be skin cancer?

Strawbery blonde wih many freckles, have noticed several shiny bumps on skin (face, back of neck & arms) only 28 and worried it could be skin cancer?

Get checked: It is not too early to get a full body skin cancer examination to evaluate all marks and determine if any should not be there. Use a sunscreen with an spf of 30 or greater and reapply every two hours. ...Read more

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What is a melanoma?

What is a melanoma?

A type of skin cance: Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that arises from the pigmented cells (melanocytes) in the skin. In general, it is more malignant than the other two common skin cancer types (basal cell and squamous cell), but early melanoma has a good prognosis. Look online for the abcde for diagnosing melanoma. If you have a suspicious mole - have it checked out by a deramatologist. It could save your life! ...Read more

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How is melanoma diagnosed?

How is melanoma diagnosed?

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 more

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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


Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more