Lentigo Maligna Melanoma

melanoma1 What is Lentigo Maligna Melanoma, Solar Lentigo, Senile Lentigo, Lentigo Simplex?

A brown patch, most commonly on the face of an elderly person, is Lentigo Maligna Melanoma.  This is a brown patch that spreads and has variations in color.  There are no raised qualities and it will spread very slowly, over decades.  Eventually a nodule may develop inside this which is called Lentigo Maligna Melanoma.



The one that grows the slowest is LMM (Lentigo Maligna Melanoma) and is the least common type.  Usually 3 to 6 cm or greater it is confined to the upper skin layer.  This is the first stage and is called Lentigo Maligna which can last for years.

The second stage is called Lentigo Maligna Melanoma and begins after the existing condition (Lentigo Maligna) goes into a phase of vertical growth. This is usually a benign condition.  This is a type of small tan, brown or black spot or freckle that may be darker than usual and will not fade in winter.  This kind of freckle is called Lentigo Simplex.



Liver spots is the medial term of Solar Lentigo and is a brownish, flat, round or oval spot which comes from sun exposure over the years usually beginning when an individual reaches their 40’s.  These are not cancer related and only need to be treated for cosmetic reasons.

The longer an individual resides in a very sunny environment, the more the risk increases of Lentigo Maligna Melanoma.  A person who has a history of skin cancer is susceptible also.  Lentigo Maligna is usually common to individuals between the ages of 50 and 80 years of age and represents about 15 percent of skin cancer cases.

What is the treatment of Lentigo?

Places where Lentigo Maligna is diagnosed by a doctor and the speed of the progression will depend on the health and fitness level of the individual and affects how the individual is treated.  Treatment may involve surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.  Rarely is surgery a cure for the disease and will be used only as a last resort if other treatments have failed to cure the condition.  The doctor might recommend an examination every three months for two years and twice a year after that.





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