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how to determine the difference between age spots skin melonoma

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Wimberly
Specializes in Family Medicine
Moles: A nevus is a benign mole and a melanoma is a skin cancer. It can be difficult to tell the difference but any mole that changes color or size or if a n ... Read More
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Dr. Eric Whitman
36 years experience Surgical Oncology
Biopsy distinguishes: Although experienced dermatologists or other doctors who treat skin cancers can often tell whether a brown spot on your skin is a likely melanoma, ult ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
It depends: Brown or black skin spots are common and are called moles or nevi(medical term). We all normally have 20-40 such spots on our body but they are not mu ... Read More
Dr. Coyle Connolly
29 years experience Dermatology
Mole: Birthmark moles that are changing in size, color , shape or that become itchy, painful or bleed should be examined by a dermatologist for potential sk ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Michel
12 years experience Family Medicine
Unlikely: Does not at all sound typical, Melanomas are distinguished my the melanin typically giving them a dark color (brown/white seems unlikely). The best wa ... Read More
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Dr. Mark Pack answered
31 years experience General Surgery
Possible: Get the areas biopsied. Most of the time melanoma is black and dark. But, I personally have seen very benign plain looking non-pigmented skin lesion c ... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Get it seen: I suspect it'll turn out to be a keratoacanthoma but any growth that you have to ask about like this needs to be seen by your primary care physician.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hishalah Zvulon
20 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Vaginal lesion: The best action would be to see a gynecologist for an evaluation. it is hard to say without visualizing the lesion. However, one can have melanoma in ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lewis Hassell
39 years experience Pathology
Persistent lump: Any mass that persists or grows larger over time deserves to be evaluated for potential cancer. Although most tumors in the scalp are simple benign cy ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Watch it: You may watch and wait. If the mole doubles in size, becomes irregular in size, shape or color, bleeds, ulcerates or develops a nodule, see a doctor. ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Not melanoma: Melanoma would be IN the skin and not on the nail. No problem.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Derm: Any suspicious skin lesion should be checked by dermatologist for safetly.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
30 years experience Geriatrics
ABCDE of melanoma: Check out http://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/abcds-of-melanoma-skin-cancer as quick reference to ABCDEs of skin cancer. You didn't mention size ... Read More

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