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.
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.

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Had the same 3 mm slightly raised medium brown mole on inner thigh for 2 years. It hasn't changed. Would nodular melanoma have grown bigger by now?

Yes. Sounds like a benign mole to me. A 3mm pigmented spot that hasn't changed in two years is very unlikely to be melanoma. Read more...
Mole . I agree wi dr. Klein on this. A pigmented mole that doesn't change size or color in 2 years is benign. You can always have a dermatologist remove it for cosmetic reasons - but don't stress about it. Remember the abcds of melanoma - assymmetry, border, color, and diameter. If it didn't become irregular in shape, develop a "spreading" border, change colors, or grow, it's not melanoma. Read more...
ABCD's. Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. Read more...

If left untreated, would nodular melanoma continue to grow in 2.5 years? Is 3.5mm and hasn't grown.

?? Not sure i understand. Is it truly melanoma? Why then is it not out? If you are not sure but have any lesion that looks funky, please have your doc take a look at it. Don't mess around with a melanoma, they can be nasty dudes. Read more...
Likely . Melana can grow radially (outward) or vertically (in depth), which may not be as noticeable. Please see a dermatologist soon, who can help make an accurate diagnosis and initiate proper treatment. Read more...
Why are you waiting? Melanomas grow and eventually metastasize. If you have a known melanoma it should be surgically removed as soon as possible with appropriate margins. At that depth, a sentinel lymph node biopsy is also advised. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon as soon as you can. Read more...

I've had 6 dermatologists look at a raise 3mm medium brown mole that hasn't changed in two years. All said it's fine. Could it be nodular melanoma?

Need for examination. If the lesion has been examined by 6 dermatologists and found to be benign, i would take it easy. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining the lesion. If you are obsessed with the lesion, you could have it removed and the tissue examined by a pathologist. Read more...
Melanomas change. Usually within two years a melanoma would change. The likelihood that a melanoma will not change in 2 years is almost non-existent. Watch the mole for the following: asymmetry, border irregularity, color irregularity, and change. If it changes or develops any of these characteristics, have it removed. Also if a mole is significantly different than all your other moles (ugly duckling sign). Read more...

Realistically, can nodular melanoma stay the same small 3mm diameter for 2 years? No change.

Yes. Yes, because it can be growing in depth, which you will not see from outside. If you are concerned, go get the mole out. It is a simple procedure. Read more...
Remove Melanoma. That's what you can see...No telling how far it has spread microscopically. Get it off! Read more...

Would nodular melanoma change in size and appearance if left untreated for 2.5 years?

Melanoma. Melanomas may develop anywhere on the body. The most common sites are areas intermittently exposed to the sun, such as the trunk and legs.One type of melanoma, however, is associated with chronic sun exposure and occurs most often on the face and arms. (melanoma in the eye is fortunately uncommon). Left untreated, melanoma may quickly metastasize, or spread, to other parts of the body. Read more...
Remove Melanoma. Melanoma is a very bad and aggressive tumor. It needs to be removed asap. No more waiting and watching. Go to the doctor! Read more...
It might. Any pathologist will tell you that the inside of a nodular melanoma is full of areas of rapid growth and usually areas where the tumor seems to be regressing. It's not incoinceivable that a nodular melanoma did not grow. If you have any suspicion that your mass is a melanoma or other cancer, ask to have it excised. Read more...

Is it possible to have a nodular melanoma mole for at least 2 years and not know it?

Yes. Yes, people can have melanoma for very long periods of time without knowing it, particularly if the melanoma is asymptomatic. However, the melanoma may have present for a shorter period of time as well. Difficult to know for certain. 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...

Although nodular melanoma grows deep quickly, does it also continue to grow in diameter?

Yes. Nodular melanoma increases in thickeness as it grows and thickness is one of the criteria used to stage melanoma and predict prognosis. 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...

What percent of nodular melanoma is diagnosed as stage 1 or 2?

Melanoma. At the Cleveland Clinic, about eighty-five percent of melanoma patients have localized disease (stages I and II) on presentation. Read more...
85% 85% of nodular melanoma patients have localized disease (stages 1 and 2) at diagnosis. About 15% have regional node involvement (stage 3), and only about 2% have distant metastases (stage 4). Read more...