Mr. J, age 42, is a construction worker in Las Vegas. He recently noticed that a mole on his face seemed to be getting larger and darker. At first he did not worry because he was in the sun a lot and assumed the change may have been caused by sunburn. After a month, not only was the mole larger and darker, but it appeared to be “bumpy.” His doctor diagnosed a malignant melanoma skin cancer following biopsy of the nevus. Mr. J reports pain in his right shin that does not go away when he puts his feet up or sleeps.
- 1) Relate Mr. J’s skin changes to the warning signs for malignant melanoma.
- 2) Discuss the normal progression of this malignancy.
- 3) What is the significance of the bone pain that Mr. J is experiencing?
- 4)Discuss the treatment available for this patient and the prognosis for recovery.