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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
Melanoma means "black tumor" are the majority of them dark in color?
Also, are they always more than one color?
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?
Does a mole on on skin (from childhood) that changed to 2 different colors mean melanoma in 40 yers old?
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!
A freckle on my breast appeared 1.5 yrs ago. It was black & very round. Just noticed its now brown & MIGHT have possibly changed shape very slightly. Its remained flat. How likely is it melanoma? If it is, does flat mean it hasnt become invasive yet?
Wrong: Most melanomas don't have those traits. A dark mole which has changed in any way should be examined. Typical changes suggesting melanoma include lateral growth, growth in thickness, irregular margins, irregular pigmentation, leaving if pigment beyond the "mole." Not common at your age, but not unprecedented. ...Read more