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How long does it take for mole to become cancerous

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
Hard to say: There are many kinds of pigmented lesions that are called moles. Most are absolutely benign, so i can't give a time frame. There are estimates of how ... Read More
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
May be from start: The vast majority of common moles present no cancer risk. Any one that stands out needs to be evaluated. A new one that looks different from its neigh... Read More

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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Schmidt
Facial Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
not all moles (aka nevus, nevi plural) become cancer, some can if they're dysplastic. ABCDE guideline apply here and if risk factors such as sun exps... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
It's moot: If a mole is changing, or shows any sign of being a melanoma, you need to make an appointment and be seen now. I would not accept a waiting period of ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
It takes time: Cancer often remains localized for a finite period of time. The whole process takes weeks to months to evolve. So there is ample time to get yourself ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Unpredictable: Any suspicious mole(if it is black or brown and changing) needs to be examined and removed if it is suspicious for melanoma because the cancewr can sp... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Anxiety reaction: is common , every one will have one with pending biopsy report . no , delay means cancer is not true at all . Several reason for delay , processing d... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Rothfeld
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not likely: New or enlarging moles should be evaluated. If they have an even tan or brown color and smooth borders, they are unlikely to be worrisome.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Watch it: Read up on the warning signs of melanoma and ask about having it removed if it shows any of them. This site is pretty good. http://www.skincancer.org... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
Screening: identifies moles and other lesions with suspicious features that might require biopsy. If a mole has benign features, the overwhelming probability is... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Mole: Best to have it rechecked asap. If melanoma, excision may not have been adequate. May need imaging studies, sentinel lymph node biopsy, further treatm... Read More

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