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What does recurrent melanoma look like?

What does recurrent melanoma look like?

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 more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Malignant Melanoma (Definition)

Malignant melanoma is a cancer that begins usually in the pigmented cells (melanocytes) of the skin. It is generally considered the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Most cases are localized and caught fairly early but some people will develop widespread ...Read more


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Does melanoma that has spread to a distant skin site look like a melanoma?

Does melanoma that has spread to a distant skin site look like a melanoma?

Melanoma: Generally, a melanoma that has spread to another skin site resembles the primary lesion in that it is black and variegated in its depth of coloration. Sometimes, the metastatic lesion loses its color and appears flesh-colored. However, that is less common. Either way, the new lesion needs to be examined immediately. ...Read more

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What does melanoma look like ? Coulbit be all over the body ? And how fast does it spread?

What does melanoma look like ?  Coulbit be all over the body ? And how fast does it spread?

Appearance is variab: Lesions are usually pigmented and have variations in shade from light brown to black. Occasionally melanoma may not be pigmented. The edges may be indistinct, and they may bleed spontaneously. It's unlikely to be widespread without significant symptoms. Spread is also variable, ranging from a few months to many years after the initial presentation. ...Read more

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What does nodular melanoma typically look like? Is it mostly dark? Pink?

What does nodular melanoma typically look like?  Is it mostly dark? Pink?

Nodular melanoma: Can be black, brown, tan or pink (amelanotic, no pigment production). Called nodular because it immediately begins growing vertically therefore creating a nodule. Arises rapidly. Please see a board certified dermatologist and get this checked asap. ...Read more

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Can a melanoma look like a bruise?

Can a melanoma look like a bruise?

Yes: Melanoma can have a variety of appearances. A bruise that appears with no trauma and doe not get better over a 3/4 week period should be evaluated by a dermatologist or your internist. ...Read more

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What does a lymph node that has been infected by melanoma look like?

Varies: The most visually striking are dark and black when cut open. Amelanotic melanomas may be non pigmented. Sizes vary from microscopic to huge. They may bulge from skin or not be palpable. Diagnosis requires biopsy. Sometimes fine needle aspiration will suffice. ...Read more

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What does melanoma look like as I have just seem a black mole on my upper back?

What does melanoma look like as I have just seem a black mole on my upper back?

Don't self-diagnose: Ask a doctor - it's the best way to not develop anxiety about it. Whatever someone tells you without seeing it in real-life will leave you wondering if it's true. So, have it seen in real-life. If the news is good, you'll be able to relax. If it leads to biopsy, you'll either relax with good news or get a good early start on treatment. Drs. Know how to help you with this sort of concern. ...Read more

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I have a red lumpy spot on my head. Not been there for a while but was noticed 5/6 weeks ago. My mum passed with melanoma? Can melanoma look like this

I have a red lumpy spot on my head. Not been there for a while but was noticed 5/6 weeks ago.
My mum passed with melanoma? Can melanoma look like this

Persistent lump: Any mass that persists or grows larger over time deserves to be evaluated for potential cancer. Although most tumors in the scalp are simple benign cysts related to the hair structure, melanoma and other cancers can develop there as well. Melanoma is not usually familial, but your mother's experience should still be cautionary. Get it seen. ...Read more

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