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A 20-year-old female asked:

i have a dark irregular shaped mole on my side and it recently started to grow larger, should i go see a doctor?

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Dr. Marc Hirsch
Family Medicine 52 years experience
Yes: It could be something or it could be nothing. It needs an exam and possibly a biopsy. Do it soon.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
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?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
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.
A female asked:

I have just noticed a new mole and it has small dark brown dots in it, i've never noticed it until today?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
See a dermatologist: Not a typical description of a melanoma. Best is to present to a dermatologist. If suspicious it will be sent for microscopic evaluation.

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