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What are all signs or markings of melenoma?

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Rajive Goel 7 Dec 2011

Early signs of melanoma are changes to the shape or color of existing moles or, in the case of nodular melanoma, the appearance of a new lump anywhere on the skin (such lesions should be referred without delay to a dermatologist). At later stages, the mole may itch, ulcerate or bleed. Early signs of melanoma are summarized by the mnemonic "ABCDE":

Asymmetry
Borders (irregular)
Color (variegated), and
Diameter (greater than 6 mm (0.24 in), about the size of a pencil eraser)
Evolving over time

These classifications do not, however, apply to the most dangerous form of melanoma, nodular melanoma, which has its own classifications:

Elevated above the skin surface
Firm to the touch
Growing

Metastatic melanoma may cause nonspecific paraneoplastic symptoms, including loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. Metastasis of early melanoma is possible, but relatively rare: less than a fifth of melanomas diagnosed early become metastatic. Brain metastases are particularly common in patients with metastatic melanoma.

Hope this is what you wanted to know?

Take care, best wishes!

LiverLips 7 Dec 2011

An excellent answer, Rajive! The ABCDE descriptor will be easier for us to remember in the future. Great work! Thank you so much for your information!

from Wendy :)

Rajive Goel 8 Dec 2011

Welcome Wendy, you take care.

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