Posted by: Maddie | 2009/08/16

melanoma in-situ

Had a flat mole removed from my ear lobe. I have had this mole for ever but lately I was uneasy about it and went to a dermatologist who removed it and had it histological evaluated. Result: superficial spreading melanoma in-situ. Can you explain what this " in-situ"  means? The results were:" degree of melanocytic atypia - moderate. Degree if pigmentation - moderate. regression - no. Host response - brisk. Mitoses per 10 HPF - < 1, Clark level - I. Can you pls tell me what it all means and is this totally curable? The diagnosis was made as follows: The features are consistent with an in-situ superficial spreading malignant melanoma. Hope to hear from you soon.

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The malignancy (cancer) of your skin is confined to the upper layers of the skin and has not spread. This is a good sign for the malignancy can be excised completely. This is a stage 0 skin carcenoma and has a 99.9% survival rate. Ask the dermatologist to remove it as soon as possible.


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