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What are long term effects of having melanoma?

What are long term effects of having melanoma?

It depends: The long term effects of having melanoma depend on how deep the cancer is at diagnosis and whether it has spread beyond the skin. For very thin (in situ) lesions, there is very little impact after the lesion is treated. On the other end of the spectrum, thicker melanomas that my have spread can be fatal. If you have been diagnosed with melanoma, discuss your prognosis with your dermatologist. ...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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Explain the short and long term effects of skin cancer on the human body?

Explain the short and long term effects of skin cancer on the human body?

None / Death: This isn't the best place to go for a homework question, but we're glad to help. A basal cell carcinoma on the face won't do a thing beyond growing inexorably. Neglect it, and it will destroy an eye, nose, and eventually grow into the brain. That's the end. Squamous cell carcinomas can spread to remote sites and melanomas do so even more aggressively. Effect depends on location. ...Read more

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What are the short and long term effects from skin cancer on the body?

What are the short and long term effects from skin cancer on the body?

It Depends on Type: "Skin cancer" refers to literally dozens of specific cancers. The 3 most common types are Melanoma (MM), Squamous Cell Carcinoma(SCC) , Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC). MM is usually easily treated if caught early but can be fatal if it spreads. SCC is usually easily treated if caught early but in certain cases can spread and be fatal. BCC is the least dangerous b/c it rarely spreads, but can disfigure ...Read more

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How long does melanoma take to spread?

How long does melanoma take to spread?

Highly variable: There are aggressive fast-spreading cancers and there are slow-spreading cancers. An aggressive fast-spreading melanoma can metastasize even before it's visible on the skin. Some superficial slow-spreading melanomas may spread wide but not deep and may not invade the bloodstream for many months. The problem is there's no predicting how a melanoma is going to behave so early detection is key. ...Read more

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How long does it typically take to recover from melanoma?

D├ępends on therapy: Depending on the depth of the melanoma, surgical therapy may involve just removal of the tumor and closure of the wound with skin flaps or grafts. If the tumor is deeper, lymph node removal may be indicated. If the tumor is present in lymph nodes, adjuvant chemo after surgery may be recommended. As you may imagine, the more treatment, the longer the recovery. ...Read more

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How long can someone live if they have melanoma?

Depends on Stage: Survival from melanoma (or really any cancer) depends on the stage of the cancer, which in the case of melanoma is derived from the initial tumor thickness, whether there is ulceration, the extent of lymph node involvement (if any) and whether e melanoma has spread to distant, internal, organs. ...Read more

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Approximately how long does it take for a melanoma to go deeper than .50 mm into the skin. I know there are many variables .I just ask for approximati?

Approximately how long does it take for a melanoma to go deeper than .50 mm into the skin. I know there are many variables .I just ask for approximati?

A guess: Melanomas can behave quite differently. Some can stay relatively dormant for years, while others grow like wild fire. I would estimate that a superficial spreading melanoma (the most common type) would reach 0.5 mm in depth in about 6 months to 2 years from its inception. ...Read more

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How long does it take melanoma to spread?

How long does it take melanoma to spread?

Varies: Each cancer is unique. Some cancer cells have the ability to metastasize very early in their development while other can be slower to metastasize. ...Read more

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How long can you live if your malignant melanoma is treated before it spreads?

How long can you live if your malignant melanoma is treated before it spreads?

Cure possible: It can be cured. Make sure you are being managed by a dermatologist with cancer experiencce. ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the ...Read more