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What type of melanoma grows deep instead of spreading on top and then growing down?

What type of melanoma grows deep instead of spreading on top and then growing down?

Unclear: All melanomas are bad and can metastasize and once it spreads it is usually incurable. ...Read more

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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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Which type of melanoma cares the worst prognosis ? Is it nodular o a melanotic melanoma ?

Which type of melanoma cares the worst prognosis ? Is it nodular o a melanotic melanoma ?

Nodular melanoma: Three of the four types of melanoma remain superficial in the epidermis and grow RADIALLY (laterally), often for several years, before entering the VERTICAL GROWTH PHASE where they grow downward and invade the dermis with the potential to metastasize. The fourth type of melanoma is nodular melanoma which STARTS in the vertical growth phase and can metastasize from the outset. ...Read more

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What are the types of tumors for melanoma?

What are the types of tumors for melanoma?

4 main types: Most melanomas are called superficial spreading. Theyt tend to start by growing in the top planes of the skin and then go deeper. Nodular melanomas begin their vertical growth phase (burrowing deeper) earlier. Lentigo maligna are often on the face in the elderly and may be large. Acral lentiginous melanomas begin in fingers or toes and sometimes in the nonpigmented areas in dark-skinned people. ...Read more

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Please describe the types of tumours for melanoma?

Please describe the types of tumours for melanoma?

Many: First the otc products. These include toothpaste and rinse as well as the whitening strips. These along with good oral hygiene can get you a few shades lighter if you do not have dark/deep stains. Professional products include in-office, "power", bleaching as well as take home trays. The trays are typically a sufficent option and will get you up to 8-10 shades lighter. ...Read more

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Please describe the types of tumours for melanoma?

Please describe the types of tumours for melanoma?

Four basic types: 1) modular 2) superficial spreading 3) acral lentiginous 3) lentigo maligna are the four most basic types. Although usually pigmented not all melanomas are brown in appearance. ...Read more

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Would a nodular melanoma, or a melanoma of any type grow in 6 months?

Consult your doctor: If you're concerned about a skin lesion that has grown rapidly or changed suddenly, you should consult a specialist who treats skin disorders. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon could evaluate this lesion and give you advice about how to proceed. ...Read more

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I have read that desmoplastic neurotrophic malignant melanoma is a less dangerous type to have. Is this true?

I have read that desmoplastic neurotrophic malignant melanoma is a less dangerous type to have. Is this true?

Malignant melanoma : There are no good malignant melanomas but the size thickness location and lymph nodes are the best predictors of survival. ...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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If you check your skin monthly can nodular melanoma be caught early. The question is specifically about the nodular type and not superficial, acral..

If you check your skin monthly can nodular melanoma be caught early.  The question is specifically about the nodular type and not superficial, acral..

Yes you can: Nodular melanomas do show up in areas where there was no mole. Yet these lesions take some months to develop; so once monthly skin self exam is a good way to watch out and catch them early. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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