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What Does Melanoma Mean
Advanced stage: It means that is has spread to a distant organ (lung, bone, brain, etc...) I am sorry if you are in this situation. Please seek help from a cancer center with experience in melanoma. They can ofer the the most advanced treatments and offer you a clinical trial if you are a candidate. ...Read more
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
If I had a shave biopsy and the underlying skin wasn't brown does that mean the melanoma did not spread down into the lower skin?
I just finished biochemo for stage III melanoma six months ago, a recent biopsy came back as severely atypical. What exactly does that mean?
When biopsied mole comes back atypical does this mean that the mole would have for sure turned into melanoma? Have had 2 "slightly atypical" - scared!
Does a mole on on skin (from childhood) that changed to 2 different colors mean melanoma in 40 yers old?
Derm noted 3 moles on back. All 3mm or under. One shade and pretty much round or oval. He said slightly dysplastic so best to remove now .. What does that mean ... Are they likely to be melanoma?
Never know: No one know for sure until a biopsy comes back, which provides definitive diagnosis. Melanoma often tends to be very dark. It sounds like you may have some "basic" lesions that just need to be evaluated further as recommended by your derm. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My husband has a melanoma on the right side of his stomach. Blood work, X-ray and pet scan are normal. Does that mean it is not nessery for a node biopsy?
If moles are full of melanin, does that mean an existing mole if exposed to uv radiation won't turn to melanoma?
No, risk remains: 'moles' on the skin are nevi, essentially benign but abnormal collections or growths of melanocytes in the dermis (the layer just under the epidermis) and sometimes also in the epidermis. Uv light damages the dna in cells and when it does so in melanocytes in nevi they may be transformed into melanomas. The pigment does not protect the cells. ...Read more
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
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