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Medical Malpractice Melanoma

Medical malpractice attorney discusses melanoma.

Melanoma is a very common and can be deadly form of skin cancer.  The melanoma moles come essentially in two forms.  They are either radial or nodular.

The radial moles are identifiable by the acronym-ABCD:

  • A – asymmetry:  if the mole is asymmetrical from one half to the other half, that is suggestive of it being melanoma. 
  • B – border:  if the borders are irregular as opposed to being smooth, that is suggestive of it being  melanoma.
  • C – color:  if the mole is multi-colored as opposed to simply being one uniform color, then that is suggestive of  melanoma.
  • D – diameter:  if the diameter is more than a quarter of an inch, that is suggestive again of it being melanoma.

The radial moles tend to be fairly flat with the surface of the skin.  The other type of melanoma moles are what are called nodular moles.

The nodular moles again are identifiable by an acronym-EFG:

  • E – elevated:  if the mole is elevated as opposed to flat with the surface of the skin, that is suggestive that it is nodular.
  • F – firm:  if the mole is firm as opposed to flabby, that again is suggestive of it being a nodular melanoma.
  • G – growing:  if the mole has been growing for more than two weeks, that is suggestive of it being nodular.

The nodular moles are the ones that tend not to grow that much above the surface but rather are growing vertically, i.e. boring into the skin and thereby potentially causing damage.

From a medical malpractice perspective whether the moles are radial or nodular is potentially significant but what is most significant is that an early diagnosis tends to produce a good result whereas a delayed diagnosis can well be fatal.

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