Diagnosis of Warning Signs for Malignant Melanoma

Mr. J, age 42, is a construction worker in Las Vegas. He recently noticed that a mole on his face
seemed to be getting larger and darker. At first he did not worry because he was in the sun a lot
and assumed the change may have been caused by sunburn. After a month, not only was the
mole larger and darker, but it appeared to be “bumpy.” His doctor diagnosed a malignant
melanoma skin cancer following biopsy of the nevus. Mr. J reports pain in his right shin that does
not go away when he puts his feet up or sleeps.
Discussion Questions
Relate Mr. J’s skin changes to the warning signs for malignant melanoma.
Discuss the normal progression of this malignancy.
What is the significance of the bone pain that Mr. J is experiencing?
Discuss the treatment available for this patient and the prognosis for recovery.
Use APA 6th Edition Format and support your responses with at least 2 peer-reviewed
references within 5 years of publication. All paragraphs need to be cited properly. Please use
headers. All responses must be in a narrative format and each paragraph must have at least 4

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