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Hi, I am a 38-year old caucasian male. I have had a small, colourless bump on my arm for more than a year, I never really thought much of it, until a few days ago, when I noticed that I had several colourless or red bumps on both of my arms and hands. So far I have counted six bumps, each of them are approximately 1.5-2mm wide. These bumps exactly look like the pictures of amelanotic melanomas that I have found online. I have an appointment with a skin specialist this Thursday, but I would like to know how worried I really have to be. Because given the fact that these bumps are spreading, I am panicking right now. Thank you for your feedback.
- Ben ( Singapore ) Nov 30,2015 5:46 AM

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Dec 10,2015 10:23 PM
Dear Ben,

As per your symptoms, bumps which you were mentioning may be lipomas. 


Lipoma is abnormal accumulation of fat. It is mostly benign condition. It can occur any where on the body. As u asked about amelanotic melanoma the difference between these 2 can be felt while examining bump. Lipoma will be painless. 


Don't get panic. As you had already taken an appointment with a skin specialist, you will be clarified. There is a test by name FNAB(fine needle aspiration biopsy) by which the pathologist will take small bit of swelling for examination under microscope. This will give you an idea regarding the disease. 


If in FNAB if the diagnosis is lipoma, just removal of lipoma will be done giving local anesthesia. If the FNAB gives amelanotic melanoma  as you are having suspicion of,then you should get a PET scan to know about the spread of it. Chemotherapy should be taken if it's amelanotic melanoma. 


For further reference, please visit  http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lipoma/Pages/Introduction.aspx


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