Misdiagnosis of Melanoma


About misdiagnosis: When checking for a misdiagnosis of Melanoma or confirming a diagnosis of Melanoma, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Melanoma may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Melanoma. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.

Alternative diagnoses list for Melanoma: For a diagnosis of Melanoma, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Melanoma:

  • Mole - not all unusual moles are cancerous; normal people can have many moles; they may be flat or raised; they usually grow slowly or may disappear with age.
  • Dysplastic nevi (type of Moles) - the proper name for non-cancerous abnormal moles

Melanoma as an alternative diagnosis: The other diseases for which Melanoma is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Melanoma: Dysplastic nevi often look very much like melanoma. Doctors with special training in skin diseases are in the best position to decide whether an abnormal-looking mole should be closely watched or should be removed and checked for cancer.1

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Melanoma: The following medical news items are relevant to misdiagnosis of Melanoma:

Misdiagnosis cases for Melanoma: No cases available yet.

1. excerpt from What You Need To Know About Melanoma: NCI

Last revision: June 2, 2003

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