Melanoma

The type of cancer that originates from the pigment-containing cells called melanocytes is called melanoma. It is the most serious type of skin cancer as it often spreads to the deeper layers of the skin and eventually to other organs. The common causes of melanoma are more sun exposure, family history, and pale skin.

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Are moles with color variation and discharge indicative of melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a query regarding a spot I have on my back. I took some pictures with a digital microscope. I need to know whether it is a mole or it is a melanoma. My actual weight is 91 kg. Images were taken with a USB common microscope with a PC. The size measures around 0.5 mm, half a mill...  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for sharing the pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). I want to ask a few things before giving my opinion. 1) What is the duration? 2) Any recent change in color, texture, or any ulceration? 3) It seems there is some ooz...  Read Full »

I have black spots that look like warts behind my penis. What is the cause?

Query: Hi doctor,I have some black spots and it looks like warts behind my penis. I have a big spot of 2 mm on the surface. There are few spots of three or four numbers on the skin. It also remains black. One of the black spots bled last week. After a week, I started to have itchiness and a burning sensati...  Read Full »


Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please mention whether you had a fever, any history of herpes or diabetes, and when it appeared. Please mention whether you had excess scratching and rubbing of lesions. Please mention whether you had chronic friction. Kindly answer the questions for details.   Read Full »

Does over-exposure to ultraviolet rays cause skin cancer?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a dark spot on my heel. Should I be worried?  Read Full »


Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A 70 percent risk of the lesion transforming into melanoma as irregular borders with increased melanin pigment or melanosis is noted (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Histopathology reports are mandatory to rule out malignancy (melanoma). If found...  Read Full »

Can nail melanoma result in grayish-blue discoloration of toenails?

Query: Hi doctor,I have four-month-old twin girl babies. After delivery, I got a blood clot under the left toenail. Another toenail shows a light shade of grey color. I do not have pain. But sometimes, I am not able to walk. I am afraid of this issue. All corners of my fingernail have become blue after tak...  Read Full »


Dr. B. T. Priya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to your description, you are suffering from onychomycosis. It is a fungal nail infection. You are using the right medication. Nail fungus takes time to get cured. Toenails grow slower than fingernails. It takes a time of seven to eight months to get cured....  Read Full »

Can I still have HIV even after my p24 antigen test CMIA being non-reactive after 118 days?

Query: Hi doctor,I had unprotected intercourse with a CSW a few months back. And I went for an HIV 1 and 2 antibody and p24 antigen test CMIA, which was non-reactive after 118 days, so am I free from HIV? This is so stressful. I am not getting any symptoms, but there is a black line under my thumb that app...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. The HIV antibodies test is negative after 118 days of exposure. It is conclusive. You are free from HIV provided there is no further risk exposure. The lines in the photo (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) sent is unlike...  Read Full »

Does penile melanosis require any treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I have noticed a black spot on my penis. I have no other symptoms. I am feeling a bit anxious.  Read Full »


Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is penile melanosis with dryness. It is a harmless benign condition that can occur due to multiple causes. It is only a cosmetic concern. Do not be scared. Do not worry. Apply Tacroz (Tacrolimus) 0.03% cream at daytime in small quantity for three weeks. Apply Cu...  Read Full »

Do I have melanoma due to the black spot present on the foreskin of penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 35 years old. I noticed a black dot on the foreskin of the penis and it looks like just a change of color and there is no flakiness or bloat over it. It is less than 1 mm in size. I started to have this last month as I decided to use condoms when my wife stopped taking birth control...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It does not appear to be due to melanoma (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It can be due to fungal infection or irritation or allergy. Avoid too much irritation or friction. Keep the area well ventilated. Wear loose innerwear. You should clean the area w...  Read Full »

Why do I have a mole with hair growing out of it?

Query: Hi doctor, About a month ago I vigorously scratched off a mole that was on my back. While lifting weight and lying on my back, it got irritated. I have had the mole for at least seven years. It has always been relatively big and light brown shade. However, when I picked it off it went away at firs...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should not have scratched it, because the chances of malignancy increase in otherwise benign mole. Presently what I can see is the erosion (attachment removed to protect patient identity) so at this stage even dermoscopy would not be able to find out malignancy. So, b...  Read Full »

What is the possibility of a wart on the major labia to be vulvar melanoma?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I have vulvar melanoma. I found I have something like a wart on my right major labia and I read it can be melanoma. I think it was all black before but I can't be sure. I have done blood work, liver and renal funtion tests that came back normal. Chest x-ray is also normal.   Read Full »


Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attached picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). See, vulvar melanoma is a rare cancer, and usually a disease of older women. I would like to know if you have any itching or pain at that site or any bleeding from that pigmented area...  Read Full »

Do tanning beds increase the risk of melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, From when I was 17 years old I have used tanning beds on and off up until I was 22. I was not aware of the risks. Through the internet I learnt about the risks. I got to know that it is inevitable and that will develop melanoma at some point. Do most people who use tanning beds end up wit...  Read Full »


Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is not necessary that everyone who uses a tanning bed will develop melanoma. It varies from person to person depending on the risk factors. Not everyone who uses a tanning bed develops melanoma. Moreover, you do not seem to have any risk factors and all your moles ap...  Read Full »

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