Diagnosing Mucosal Melanoma

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 suspicous 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. 

Connect with Others

Melanoma can be a very lonely diagnosis - especially mucosal melanoma. The MRF offers a variety of resources to ensure you don't have to go through this alone. The MRF Staff are involved in several private social media groups that you can become involved in. Also, be sure to visit MPIP, the MRF's online forum, to meet other mucosal melanoma patients, as well as our Buddy Program to talk to others who know what you're going through.

Read J.B.'s mucosal melanoma story

Learn about treatment for mucosal melanoma