Can Melanoma Under a Nail Be Diagnosed with the Naked Eye ?

How possible is it for a dermatologist to spot nail melanoma by just looking at it? This begs the question: Can a doctor exclude melanoma by just looking at the nail? Read more...

Are Moles that Stick Up More Likely to Become Melanoma?

Intradermal nevus. Credit: Dr P. Marazzi/Science Source Do you have a mole that sticks up more than the others, or maybe it’s the ONLY one that’s raised, and melanoma has barged into your Read more...

Why Is the Prognosis for Nail Melanoma Much Worse than Skin?

Yes, melanoma can grow in the nail unit, and it’s a well-known fact among dermatologists that this type of melanoma has a poor prognosis. “Nail melanoma, which is in the category of acral lentiginous melanoma Read more...

How Ugly Can a Tiny Melanoma Look?

Tiny melanoma, 1.6 mm. Source: Dermatol Pract Concept. 2013 Apr. Copyright ©2013 Pellizzari et al. Articles and pamphlets refer to melanoma as the “ugly duckling” or “ugly mole.” But how “ugly” or “different” Read more...

6 Year Old’s Nail Mole Likely Melanoma or just a Birth Mark?

A mother of a six year old wanted to know if an elongated mole in her child’s nail could possibly be melanoma. How likely would this just be a harmless mark of pigmentation from birth? Read more...

Severely Atypical Mole with Regression: Time to Worry

If you have a severely atypical, irregular or dysplastic mole that’s showing signs of regression (new areas of milky-white color), this is very worrisome for melanoma. A white “spot” in a mole isn’t always cancerous, Read more...

Can Melanoma Cause Weird Feelings in a Mole?

That one particular mole, or maybe several of them, are generating weird feelings. Could this mean melanoma? This isn’t about itching. It’s about weird sensations that seem to be coming from a mole that’s gotten Read more...

Can a Melanoma Survivor Live 30 Years?

If you’ve been diagnosed with stage IV or even stage III melanoma, you’ll likely be wondering if you’ll be alive 30 years from now if you’re middle age or younger. “In general, survival rate statistics Read more...

Longitudinal Melanonychia vs. Subungual Melanoma

Subungual melanoma is a type of longitudinal melanonychia, but what are the tipoffs that longitudinal melanonychia is malignant vs. benign? A brown or black band, stripe, streak or line in a nail is a very Read more...

What Is a Micro-Hutchinson’s Sign?

Blue arrows point to Hutchinson’s sign from melanoma shown under magnification. Copyright ©2018 Bhat et al If you know what a Hutchinson’s sign is, perhaps you’re wondering just what is a micro-Hutchinson’s sign Read more...

Nodular Melanoma: What You Should Know About this Killer

Dermatology Practical & Conceptual (April 30, 2014, Rosendahl, et al) Nodular melanoma is a particularly lethal form of cancer that disregards the ABCDE guidelines that are so publicized about melanoma. Delayed diagnosis is Read more...

Is a Mole Normal if It’s Brown and Grey or Can It Be Melanoma?

A normal mole is supposed to be one color, or at least, two shades of a color. But brown and grey are two completely different colors. Is this melanoma? Read more…

Hutchinson’s Sign vs. Pseudo-Hutchinson’s Sign

Hutchinson’s sign … or pseudo-Hutchinson’s? Credit: Nameer Al-Sudany, MD Are there features about melanoma’s Hutchinson’s sign that are different than those found in pseudo-Hutchinson’s sign – which has causes other than melanoma? Read more...

How Fast Actinic Keratosis Turns into Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Actinic keratosis Though most squamous cell carcinomas were once actinic keratoses, most AK’s will not turn into cancer. However, it’s impossible to predict which lesions will eventually begin undergoing a malignant transformation. Read more...

Should Blacks Do Monthly Self-Exams for Skin Cancer?

Don’t let the media’s portrayal of skin cancer patients fool you. Blacks and other dark skinned people need to do monthly self-exams because they too can get any of the three major skin cancers: Read more...

Do ALL Nail Melanomas Have a Hutchinson’s Sign?

The Hutchinson’s sign is a very tell-tale sign of fingernail or toenail melanoma. Further complicating this issue is that benign pigment in a nail can mimic a true Hutchinson’s sign. Read Read more...

What is Central Regression in a Melanoma?

A doctor may describe a melanoma as having “central regression” or as being “centrally regressed.” Though this term seemingly is self-explanatory, it does warrant further explanation to the layperson. Read more…

Is Nail Melanoma Always a Stripe or Can It Be a Smudge?

Did you know that nail melanoma doesn’t always present as a line, streak, stripe or band? Nail melanoma can also appear as a smudge, smear or blotch. Read more…

Two Big Warning Signs You May Have Nail Melanoma

Yes, melanoma can affect a fingernail or toenail, and there are two major warning signs that what you see is a potentially deadly tumor — also known as subungual melanoma. Read Read more...

Can an Irritated Skin Tag Turn into Cancer?

Skin tags are common and depending on their location are prone to irritation including bleeding. Can an irritated skin tag, however, actually transform into cancer such as melanoma? Read more…

Part of the Body Melanoma Most Often Grows in Dark Skin

There are certain parts of the body that melanoma is more likely to grow in blacks and other dark skinned individuals. People with dark skin are not immune to melanoma, especially since this skin cancer Read more...

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