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Question: Do all invasive melanomas form a tumor bump/raised?

Forums General Melanoma Community Question: Do all invasive melanomas form a tumor bump/raised?

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    mlbjab
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      Once melanoma enters the VGP, does that mean that the mole starts to raise up or form a visible tumor? Can a VGP melanoma be flat?

      Once melanoma enters the VGP, does that mean that the mole starts to raise up or form a visible tumor? Can a VGP melanoma be flat?

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        washoegal
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          Typically Mel follows the ABCs but there are always exceptions.  Mine was one and I am sure there are many more on the board.  My tumor was 3.7mm deep but relatively flat, in fact had no indicators at all.  It would not have been removed except for the fact it itched.  I know there are at least two other people on the board that had the exact same experience. There are guidelines, as with anything medical, there are no hard and fast rules so don't drive yourself crazy trying to find them.

          Mary

          Stage 3

          washoegal
          Participant

            Typically Mel follows the ABCs but there are always exceptions.  Mine was one and I am sure there are many more on the board.  My tumor was 3.7mm deep but relatively flat, in fact had no indicators at all.  It would not have been removed except for the fact it itched.  I know there are at least two other people on the board that had the exact same experience. There are guidelines, as with anything medical, there are no hard and fast rules so don't drive yourself crazy trying to find them.

            Mary

            Stage 3

            washoegal
            Participant

              Typically Mel follows the ABCs but there are always exceptions.  Mine was one and I am sure there are many more on the board.  My tumor was 3.7mm deep but relatively flat, in fact had no indicators at all.  It would not have been removed except for the fact it itched.  I know there are at least two other people on the board that had the exact same experience. There are guidelines, as with anything medical, there are no hard and fast rules so don't drive yourself crazy trying to find them.

              Mary

              Stage 3

                washoegal
                Participant

                  Vertical Growth Phase refers to the fact that it is growing deeper into the tissue.

                  washoegal
                  Participant

                    Vertical Growth Phase refers to the fact that it is growing deeper into the tissue.

                    washoegal
                    Participant

                      Vertical Growth Phase refers to the fact that it is growing deeper into the tissue.

                    Janner
                    Participant

                      There is no direct correlation that I've ever seen between "raised" and VGP".  Vertical growth phase seems to be a more recent area of interest and more may be known about it and researched in the future.  And yes, a lesion can be flat and also have VGP.  It can also be tiny or quite large.  If something "raises", it answers the "Change" rule and is a candidate for biopsy.  But being raised by itself is not any indication of the underlying lesion's particulars.

                      Janner
                      Participant

                        There is no direct correlation that I've ever seen between "raised" and VGP".  Vertical growth phase seems to be a more recent area of interest and more may be known about it and researched in the future.  And yes, a lesion can be flat and also have VGP.  It can also be tiny or quite large.  If something "raises", it answers the "Change" rule and is a candidate for biopsy.  But being raised by itself is not any indication of the underlying lesion's particulars.

                        Janner
                        Participant

                          There is no direct correlation that I've ever seen between "raised" and VGP".  Vertical growth phase seems to be a more recent area of interest and more may be known about it and researched in the future.  And yes, a lesion can be flat and also have VGP.  It can also be tiny or quite large.  If something "raises", it answers the "Change" rule and is a candidate for biopsy.  But being raised by itself is not any indication of the underlying lesion's particulars.

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