Is it possible to catch a nodular melanoma "in situ"?

Then is not called. as nodular melanoma , it is serious condition , how small it is when diagnosed already penetrated basal layer of skin causing early metastasis and unlikely possibility.
Melanoma. (NM) is the most aggressive form of melanoma. It tends to grow more rapidly in thickness than in diameter. Instead of arising from a pre-existing mole, it may appear in a spot where a lesion did not previously exist . Since NM tends to grow in depth more quickly than it does in width, and can occur in a place that did not have a previous lesion, the prognosis is often poor in situ difficult diagn.

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Does nodular melanoma have an in-situ phase? Is it ever caught in-situ?

You can find melanom. in situ, which means it has not penetrated past the top layer of skin or epidermis. Read more...
Nodular Melanoma. At the earliest detection and treatment nodular melanoma may have a cure rate of 95%. People should remember that not all melanoma develops in a changing mole. It may also appear from a previous lesion and may look like an awkward scar or cyst. It may also appear like a non-healing bruise or nail streak. . Read more...
Yes. In situ is the first level of melanoma presence, Level 1. If caught at this level, there is a 95% cure rate. Read more...
It can. While melanoma in-situ is Stage O disease, meaning that it has not yet become invasive, if left alone it would become invasive. It is possible that when a nodular melanoma first forms it could be in-situ. However most nodular melanomas are invasive upon diagnosis. Read more...

What is the survival rate for nodular melanoma specifically? Can it be caught in situ? What causes it to begin as nodular as opposed to superficial?

Poor. The most aggressive type of melanoma is the Nodular melanoma. The most serious type of skin cancer is Melanoma or more often referred to as malignant melanoma. It became the most exceptional type of skin cancer form because it is likely to spread among the internal organs or lymph nodes in the body unlike other skin cancer types. Read more...

How quickly does nodular melanoma spread?

Variable. Most do not spread at all if treated by appropriate surgery. Others spread to lymph nodes and some may be cured by removing the affected nodal area. Others spread to brain, bone, liver etc. The rate of progression in metastatic cancer varies from a few months in the worst case to a few years. There are new drugs that offer some hope even for metastatic melanoma. Read more...
Depends on Depth. Depth of melanoma is the most important factor. Your biopsy/excision of the melanoma should report how deep the tumor extends, which is the most important aspect of prognosis. Discuss with your surgeon/dermatologist. Read more...
Varies. Different melanoma grow at different speeds. It is very hard to predict their growth rate. Read more...
Can Spread Quickly. Nodular melanomas tend to grow up as a nodule, and down into the skin. With melanomas, the deeper it is into the skin, the more likely it is to spread. So ask your doctor the depth of penetration in millimeters or the clarks level. Prognosis depends on the depth of penetration, and not the type of melanoma. Read more...

Does nodular melanoma ever increase in diameter?

Melanoma. Nodular melanoma, same as other tumors, grows constantly. So if left in the patient, yes they increase in diameter. If taken out, they "increase" only if they were measured wrong in the first place. Read more...
Yes, but... In melanoma, the depth of invasion is more important than its horizontal growth, as deeper melanomas are more likely to spread and metastasize. Read more...

Does untreated nodular melanoma continue to grow?

Yes. Melanoma is a very bad type of skin cancer that can be lethal if left alone for a long enough time. The best treatment is surgery when it's caught early. Unless there is an absolute compelling reason not to have it removed, I would see surgeon who specializes in melanoma. Read more...
Yes. Yes, it will continue to grow and spread to other organs. Read more...

Can it be nodular melanoma if it is not elevated?

Not usually. Melanomas are distinguished by their growth patterns and most nodular melanomas are raised but not always pigmented. The basic types of melanoma include: superficial spreading, lentigo maligna, nodular, and acral lentiginous. Read more...
Yes. The melanoma appearance under the microscope is why it is called nodular. Read more...

Will untreated nodular melanoma continue to grow?

Yes. If you have any type of melanoma, you should have it treated as soon as you can. Left alone, melanoma will end your life. The only time one would consider not treating it is if the patient can't undergo treatment, or if the life expectancy is already very short b/c of another medical problem. Read more...

Would nodular melanoma have grown in diameter in 2 years?

Melanoma. Nodular melanoma typically skips the radial growth phase which predominates in the superficial spreading type of melanoma. However, that does not mean that it cannot change in diameter over 2 years. 2 years is way too long time to have a nodular melanoma. Read more...
Not necessarily . Just because it doesn't grow in diameter doesn't mean it can't be a nodular melanoma. As stated, these can grow vertically and not radially. If you suspect it is atypical (asymmetric, irregular, color variation, difference) get in for an examination and likely a biopsy. Read more...

Would a nodular melanoma, or a melanoma of any type grow in 6 months?

It could. Melanoma can do all kinds of things and can be very lethal. Something could be present for years and then sudden;ly change or seem to appear. It should be checked out soon- preferably by a dermatologist or experiened surgeon. Read more...
Consult your doctor. If you're concerned about a skin lesion that has grown rapidly or changed suddenly, you should consult a specialist who treats skin disorders. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon could evaluate this lesion and give you advice about how to proceed. Read more...