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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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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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Need to know what a mole with melanoma looks like and does?

Need to know what a mole with melanoma looks like and does?

Many ways: The bottom line is that melanoma is a potentially deadly form of skin cancer that can have close to a 100% cure rate if detected early. If you have any mole that concerns you for any reason you should see a dermatologist asap. ...Read more

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I have a mole,when I wake up it feels flat and later that day it feels more fat.Like it Shrinks then grows everyday.No other signs of melanoma.Normal?

Likely so: Do not obsess over the mole. If it increases to twice its size, bleeds, develops a nodule or changes color, see a doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How do I know if my mole become melanoma?

How do I know if my mole become melanoma?

Changes: Changes in size, shape, irregular borders, coloration can all signifiy malignant change. See a dermatologist asap if you have mole changes. ...Read more

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Is a two colored mole pr definition melanoma?

Is a two colored mole pr definition melanoma?

It's complicated: Any suspicious mole should be checked by your doctor. Moles with multiple colors are surely more suspicious for melanoma, but not definitive. On the other hand, some melanomas have no pigmentation, making them much harder to diagnose. ...Read more

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How can I tell if an existing mole is melanoma?

How can I tell if an existing mole is melanoma?

See a dermatologist: Definitely seek the opinion of your dermatologist. There are many mimics of melanoma. Luckily most existing moles do not evolve into melanoma. That said, most dermatologists will biopsy moles that have changed. "change" can mean it's color, size, shape, symptoms of itchiness, or even history of bleeding. ...Read more

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Does an atypical mole usually turn into melanoma?

Atypical nevi: Atypical moles(nevi), prescancerous nevi, dysplastic nevi are classified as mild, moderate and severe. After severe is melanoma. It is believed than normal moles go through this progression to become a melanoma. Thus, skin screening is important to pick up the precancerous nevi before they turn into melanoma. ...Read more

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What to do if i itched a mole and it came off! is it melanoma?

Possibly: In some cases, melanoma can present as an itching mole. If there is any thing left at the site, wether it is pigmented (black or brown) or not (pink), you should see your doctor for a check up and possible biopsy. If there is nothing left but you are still worried, go see your doctor. If there is nothing left and you are fine with it, observe clsoely for any thing that grows back. ...Read more

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...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