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What does it mean if someone has stage four melanoma?

What does it mean if someone has stage four melanoma?

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

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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Melanoma means "black tumor" are the majority of them dark in color? Also, are they always more than one color?

While that: Is the direct translation - it is only a generalization. Melanomas can present in multiple colors, or even be pale. If you have a suspicious area, see your local dermatologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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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?

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?

A pathologist needs: ... to look at the biopsy material under a microscope to see if the margins are clear of tumor cells. The outward appearance of the biopsy site is not reliable. ...Read more

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Does a mole on on skin (from childhood) that changed to 2 different colors mean melanoma in 40 yers old?

Does a mole on on skin (from childhood) that changed to 2 different colors mean melanoma in 40 yers old?

Possibly: Any change in a mole needs to be addressed. Make an appointment tomorrow with your doctor or a dermatologist or surgeon. This requires a biopsy. ...Read more

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Does itchy moles necessary means melanoma?

Does itchy moles necessary means melanoma?

1 symptom: It can actually be a symptom. Follow A, B, C, D. Asymmetry-can you cut the lesion in half and have 2 mirror images. Border-is it irregular? Color-any changes? Diameter-larger than 6 mm? ...Read more

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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!

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!

Watch carefully: Atypical means the cells are not completely normal. Depending on degree, can be pre-cancerous. See a dermatologist. Ask to have the pathology specimen re-read by a dermatopathologist. Just to be safe. If still atypical, follow the area closely with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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If the mole doesn't itch, bleed or get red it means that I don't have a melanoma, right?

If the mole doesn't itch, bleed or get red it means that I don't have a melanoma, right?

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

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What does it mean to have a malignant melanoma in your eye? Can it be treated?

What does it mean to have a malignant melanoma in your eye? Can it be treated?

Retinal cancer: Melanoma can occur in the retina of the eye, technically in the uvea. The treatment is either surgery or radiation. Go to a specialist who treats this often. ...Read more

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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