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Small hard mass, interior lip
BASAEL posted:
I have had a very small, nail like head, mass located on the interior part of my upper lip. I am not a smoker nor have I ever been. Nor do I use any tobacco products. My concern is that I have already had melanoma carcinoma thus far located on my nose and had it removed nearly five years ago. I am 38 years old, soon to be 39 in July. My Mother also had at the same time as I did a malignant melanoma carcinoma. She had a third of her face removed and all was successful. Skin cancer is prominent in my family need I be concerned? My primary healthcare provider is government subsidized. I feel I need to see a specialist as soon as possible. Where do I begin? Is it my current DDS or should I see a Dermatologist? Please refer as soon as possible!
Warmest Regards,
Gwen Cohen Brown, DDS, FAAOMP responded:
Hi BASAEL, Although i cannot diagnose you online, what you are describing is not consistent with a clinical description of intraoral melanoma.

Having said that with your history and your families history I would strongly suggest that you have the tissue removed and sent for a biopsy. I suggest that you see an oral surgeon as intraoral manifestations of skin diseases often do not present with the same clinical features as they do when they are seen on the skin.

I know this is scary however you need to have the area examined by an oral surgeon. As this is a surgical procedure it should be covered by your medical coverage not your dental coverage.

I hope this helps, please let me know of the follow up.

Dr. Gwen Cohen Brown

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