A 22-year-old female asked:
how soon after diagnosis should you get a cancerous mole removed? is one month too long to wait?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis answered
38 years experience Family Medicine
Sooner the better: Especially with lesions prone to spread (metastasize) like melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma.
Answered on May 14, 2012
Dr. Steven Harris answered
37 years experience Plastic Surgery
Depends: "cancerous mole" could mean a mole which has become malignant melanoma, in which case prompt removal would be really important. It might also mean a mole on the way to becoming cancerous (a dysplastic mole), in which case waiting a month is no problem. I suppose it could also mean a basal cell skin cancer or a squamous cell cancer, both of which could wait a month, especially basal. Ask the doc.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
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