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Does anyone know the difference between vulval melanosis and vulval melanoma...

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and the symptoms and treatment for each? I need answer ASAP...having biopsy tomorrow and I'm petrified.....!!

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Melanosis is the benign pigmentation of the mucosal surface of the vulva.
The areas are multiple, flat, and stable. Biopsy, if performed, will show clusters of melanocytes with a benign appearance.
The cause is unknown but genetics presumably plays a role. Left alone, they will remain stable for long periods of time, but may fade following childbirth.
As they do not pose a threat and are not a cosmetic issue, no treatment is necessary.
Suspicious areas or areas that are rapidly changing should be biopsied.

best to check out the following site for explanation on vulval melanoma.

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