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Is melanoma associated with lumps & pigmentation?

I have an 8 year-old Lhasa Apso, cream-colored. He has developed a small movable lump on his side, which a few weeks later became pigmented. On the other side, he has just developed another small movable lump, with pigmentation starting. Is this melanoma?
Mon, 7 Sep 2015
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Difficult to say. If you have lesions on your skin that you are worried about, it is very reasonable to see a dermatologist (or a veterinarian in this case) for a biopsy. The only way to tell for sure if a lesion is malignant or not is to look at the cells under a microscope. A biopsy entails removing either the entire lesion, or taking a piece of it and then sending it to a pathologist who looks at the cells under a microscope and is able to tell what they are.
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