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BY Cynthia DeMarco

Nodular melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can mimic benign conditions, including blood blisters and acne. It’s also one of the more invasive skin cancers since it mostly grows beneath the skin, where it can’t be seen.

To learn more about nodular melanoma, as well as how it's diagnosed and treated, we spoke with dermatologist Kelly Nelson, M.D.

What is nodular melanoma?

It’s a subtype of melanoma that makes...

A doctor examines a patient's arm with a dermoscope

BY Julian Cavazos

Six years ago, Suzanne Singletary traveled to central Florida to spend Christmas with her family.

She had a small cough, so she stopped...

BY Elise Raymund

Twenty-three years ago, Brenda Petru made a promise to her best friend, Sue, that she would continue fundraising for cancer research — no...

BY Heather Alexander

Choosing skin care products can be overwhelming. There are so many ingredients and so many claims of benefits.

But there is one ingredient that has stayed the course since its introduction in the 1960s. Retin-A is a form of vitamin A used to rejuvenate skin and, in some cases, treat skin spots that may be precancerous. 

“Retin-A is a great product,” says dermatologist Anisha Patel, M.D. “The active ingredient is tretinoin...

Woman checks skin in a mirror.

BY Molly Adams

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and swelling in the joints. It’s caused when the immune system mistakenly...

BY Kathy McKay

I’m a nurse, so when I started experiencing pain and swelling in my lower abdomen, I suspected inflammatory bowel disease, or even worse,...

BY Donna Griffard

In March 2015, I was diagnosed with cancer of the unknown primary (CUP). That means the original cancer site could not be identified....

BY Jacqueline Mason

You’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19, but is it time for your next booster? Which type of booster should you get, and is there an age limit...

BY Lisa Morris

Before I went to MD Anderson, I didn’t even know I had pancreatic cancer. All I knew was that I had a huge pancreatic cyst. And I only found...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Most melanomas tend to appear as irregular black or dark brown splotches on the skin. But amelanotic melanoma is an outlier: it doesn’t share...