Desmoplastic melanoma represents less than 1% of all melanoma cases; 75% of desmoplastic lesions, however, occur in the head and neck. Like mucosal melanoma, this lesion may be amelanotic. Desmoplastic melanoma may arise from a pre-existing melanoma lesion in the radial growth phase.
Previous Next 1 of 6 Melanoma pictures for self-examination. Melanoma — a serious form of skin cancer — is often curable if you find it early. These melanoma pictures can help you determine what to look for. The American Academy of Dermatology advises that you watch skin spots for these features: Asymmetry. Border irregularity. Color changes.
The Clark scale is a way of measuring how deeply the melanoma has grown into the skin and which levels of the skin are affected. You can see the main layers of the skin in this diagram. The Clark scale has 5 levels: Level 1 is also called melanoma in situ - the melanoma cells are only in the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis)
Some doctors also refer to stage 4 melanoma as advanced melanoma. To diagnose for stage 4 melanoma, your doctor will conduct: blood tests, to look at blood count and liver function. scans, such as ultrasound and imaging, to look at how the cancer has spread. biopsies, to remove a sample for examination.
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Text in this Example: Melanoma is one of the most common cancers. The chance of developing it increases with age, but this disease affects people of all ages. It can occur on any skin surface. In men, melanoma is often found on the trunk (the area between the shoulders and the hips) or the head and neck.