What is nodular melanoma (NM)?
NM is an aggressive and invasive form of melanoma that forms out of pigment cells and can be considered quite serious. Nodular malignant melanoma cells multiply downwards through the skin (vertically).
A nodule is a small mass of rounded OR irregular shape that protrudes from the body. A nodule can be seen and felt.
The fact that nodular melanoma spreads vertically into the skin (body) and not horizontally on the skin’s surface makes it harder to detect and dangerously aggressive.
This is because while the nodule may appear harmless on the surface, it may also be traveling deeply under the skin …unseen.
NM can already have penetrated the skin in a matter of a few months.
It eventually metastasizes to vital organs and may be
fatal within a few months.
· Large numbers of dysplastic nevi - These are atypical moles or melanoma signs that can potentially develop into skin cancer.
· Large naevus numbers – An unusual amount of congenital growths or pigmented blemishes on the skin; birthmark or mole. All of this spells potential melanoma signs.
· A weakened immune system – A strong immune system always has a stronger ability to prevent cancer.
· A family history of melanoma
· A personal history of melanoma
· Scorching sunburns
· Fair skin that burns easily
· Distance you live from the equator – The greater the sun exposure, the greater the risk
· Age – Most are over age 50 when diagnosed - It occurs more often in males than females and appears on sun exposed areas such as the face, the legs on women and the trunk on men.
Surgery - Assuming the NM was not detected early as in most cases, your age and your strength must be taken into account before surgery to determine your survival chances of an operation.
Chemotherapy - With some, there has been positive responses for those in melanoma stages 3 or 4. A major concern is that the disease may come back, so proper detection is necessary to know that the chemo did kill all the cancer cells.
Biologic therapy - The difference between chemotherapy and biologic therapy is that biological therapy works with your immune system to fight the cancer and control the side effects. Chemotherapy kills cells and produces side effects.
Radiation - This is not a common procedure for this type of melanoma. It is used along with other treatments such as chemotherapy.
Another option not considered nearly enough is an Alternative Treatment.
Many times when a Medical Doctor tells a patient, “I’m sorry, there’s nothing else we can do …we’re sending you home” it’s still possible to survive by an alternative treatment.
Of course, we must understand that after we have undergone chemo or radiation, our immune system has been weakened significantly (according to the amount and strength of the treatments)
Chance of a complete cure is more possible without any of these previous medical treatments.
Don’t be discouraged however, because you still may improve your health and reduce side effects, have a longer better quality of life.
This has been my experience and that’s why I say what I do!
Avoid allowing things to stress you out and don’t give up!
You should never depend on pictures alone to determine the type of skin cancer you may have. Always see a qualified dermatologist.
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"MELANOMA : “NO BIG DEAL ” IT'S JUST SKIN CANCER!
Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick
Scared to Death!!! - by Shelly
Our Cancer Stories are so similar, mine and Gary's! - by Valerie
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