How is Mucosal Melanoma Diagnosed?
Mucosal melanoma often goes misdiagnosed, mostly because of the anatomical locations of the disease and because of the lack of discernible signs and symptoms. For instance, melanoma of the ano-rectal region is often misdiagnosed as hemorrhoids.
Signs & Symptoms of Mucosal Melanoma
Mucosal melanoma symptoms vary greatly. If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, it’s important to let your doctor know right away:
- A suspicious spot in your mouth or nasal passages
- Unexplained sores or sores that won’t heal
- Unexplained bleeding from the rectum or vagina
- Hemorrhoids that won’t heal or seem to worsen
- Pain during a bowel movement
Have You Been Diagnosed with Mucosal Melanoma?
First, know that you are not alone. Second, arm yourself with information on mucosal melanoma and learn about available mucosal melanoma treatment options.
You may also find these Questions to Ask Your Doctor useful.