Nodular Melanoma

Nodular melanoma is a skin cancer that occurs when the melanocytes grow without control. It grows faster when compared to other types of cancer. Prolonged exposure to the sun causes nodular melanoma. Nodular melanoma appears as a bump or node in the affected region. It is curable when it is diagnosed in an early stage. It is treated by the removal of melanoma surgically. In severe cases, it is treated by doing chemotherapy, targeted therapy, radiation, and surgery.

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Kindly see the picture and confirm whether it is nodular melanoma.

Query: Hello doctor, Before three months, my husband noticed a pink spot on my hip. I thought it was just a bug bite and I put some cortisone cream on it. It has been three months, and for a while, I forgot about it. Now, I do not think that it has grown much. It would be hard to say as I kept trying to ri...  Read Full »

Dr. Rashmi Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is impossible to diagnose from a picture whether or not it is a nodular melanoma (attachment removed to protect patient identity). On the site, it is extremely uncommon on unexposed parts as well as in your age group. Also, nodular melanoma grows very rapidly. It ...  Read Full »

What are the tips to distinguish nodular melanoma at home?

Query: Hello doctor,What are the tips to distinguish nodular melanoma at home?  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hello,Welcome to most important warning sign of melanoma is a new spot on the skin or a spot that is changing in size, shape, or color. Another important sign is a spot that looks different from all of the other spots on your skin. One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the o...  Read Full »

Will polypoid nodular melanoma spread?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with polypoid malignant nodular melanoma with superficial spreading melanoma in the adjacent. Clark level 3, and 1.6 mm ulcerated. Would you be able to tell me if it being polypoid was more serious as I cannot find much information about it?  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Polypoid melanoma is a subtype of nodular melanoma. It is the most aggressive type of nodular melanoma. So, yes, polypoid variant is more serious. In polypoid variant tumor growth occurs vertically that is why there is exophytic growth above the skin surface occurs...  Read Full »

Is a pink mole normal?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a question regarding a mole. I just had my hair cut and noticed a mole on the back of my neck near my scalp. I might have had it for a while and did not know about it. Most of my moles are brown and auburn. But, this one is pink. I am wondering whether this is normal. My concern is...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it does not look cancerous. Yes, it has a skin tag type appearance. But, I can give you a confirmatory answer that it is not melanoma because only skin biopsy is the tool which can give you a definit...  Read Full »

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