My mother has a large malignant melanoma on top of her head. We found this 3 or more years ago. Due to her advanced age (she is now 88) and her dementia, we chose not to treat this. Now the cancer is growing and has a lump that is raised about 1/2 inch and black. The diameter of the cancer spot is approximately 2.5-3 inches - the raised area is about 1/3 this size. If this raised area bothers her, should we get that part clipped off? or will this make things worse? She is in a home where she gets 24 hour care/medication. She is otherwise asymptomatic except an occasional headache. She talks and is able to communicate well - just repeats herself and has short-term memory loss. Thanks
What does the melanoma look like? How did it start? I am asking as we are a family of people with moles or birthmarks and how do you decide if they are malignant or not without going to the doctor? My mom also is 86. Thanks
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