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What Do Melanomas 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Frequent: But always have it biopsied.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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