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A 29-year-old female asked:

I'm so afraid i have skin cancer that i've picked at all my darker moles. i don't think they've changed, but i have ocd and am anxious. derm appt soon?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Pyles
Addiction Medicine 34 years experience
See your doctor : Picking at your moles actually increases your risk for malignant change. See your dermatologist to evaluate your moles and see a psychiatrist to help with your OCD and anxiety.
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 65 years experience
Moles not cancer: Skin cancers are ulcerating, lesions represent basal or squamous cancers. Moles are essentially benign pigmented lesions. Those that are associated with melanoma are flat lesions with variegated colors , balck,brown and white, When a flat lesion becomes nodular and bleeds or develops etythematous changes around iit one should suspect melanoma and see a surgeon or dermatologist for bx
Last updated May 3, 2015

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