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A 30-year-old female asked:

i have a mole that is scratchy since some time. should i worry?

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Dr. David Shifrin
Plastic Surgery 17 years experience
Maybe: Reasons to have a skin blemish checked out include, bleeding, change in size, change in color, healing then recurring (sometimes mistaken for itching), multiple colors in the mole. When in doubt, check it out. Simple in office punch biopsy can clear up all questions.
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 46 years experience
Potentially: When evaluating a mole for potential cancer transformation the history of its behavior is an important component. Questions to ask are: is it a new mole or pre-existing, is it getting bigger, has the color changed, does it itch, has it bled? For an in depth self mole evaluation refer to the "abcdes" in the aad website. Bottom line, see your dermatologist.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I just noticed a new mole. What should I do?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
If worried, see Dr.: New moles appear on people's skin as they age. Even children get new moles. Some moles are worrisome, and a dermatologist can look for, examine, and/or biopsy such moles. Concerning signs are: assymetry (one half of the mole growing faster than the other half), border irregular, more than 1 color in the mole, diameter more than 6mm, and the mole is elevated above the surrounding skin.
A 52-year-old member asked:

What is an intradermal melanocytic nevus, and is it different from a mole?

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
Dermatology 16 years experience
Normal Mole: When a mole is biopsied and examined under the microscope, there a many different patterns that may be seen. Dermatopathologists name the moles based on these patterns. An intradermal melanocytic nevus is a common, benign mole.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is a spider nevus just a spider-shaped mole?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Blood vessel: Collection of blood near the surface which is often raised .It is easily treatable with electricity or laser.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

How can you tell whether the mole is harmful or not?

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Dr. Walid Harb
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Suspicious mole: Any mole that changes size, color, or have irrregular borders should be biopsied. If you have fair skin or history of skin cancers or family history of skin cancers, you should see your dermatologist to survey your skin. It is impossible for you to see every spot on your skin.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

When should you have a mole inspected?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
ABCDE: The features of a worrisome mole are: assymetry (does one half look the same as the other), borders (irregular is more worrisome), color (changing colors or different colors in the same mole), diameter (>4-5 mm, the size of a pencil eraser), evolution (is it changing?).

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