Malignant Melanoma vs. Benign: The Difference

Have you seen the term “benign melanoma” or “non-malignant melanoma” and thus wonder what the difference is between malignant and benign melanoma? • “Mela” refers to pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) • “Oma” refers to mass or Read more...

If Doctor Thinks Teen’s Mole Must Be Watched, Why Not Biopsy It?

If a teen’s mole is suspicious enough for a doctor to say, “It should be watched,” then why not just biopsy it in case it’s melanoma? Teens DO get melanoma. “Melanoma among adolescents and young Read more...

Percentage of Mole Biopsies that Come Back Melanoma?

If you’ve ever had a mole removed for biopsy, have you ever wondered what the mathematical odds were of it coming back as melanoma? It’s unimaginable how many moles every year in the U.S. or Read more...

Can Melanoma Be Mistaken for Normal Cells Under a Microscope?

It’s scary but true: For any number of reasons, a pathologist may mistake melanoma for benign cells under a microscope and incorrectly diagnosed the sample. Read more…

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