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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Overview)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, a malignancy of melanocytes.


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What are the tests for moles?

What are the tests for moles?

Biopsy: A mole can be removed and sent for pathology to determine what kind of mole it is. ...Read more

Dr. Coyle Connolly
1,088 doctors shared insights

Moles (Overview)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, a malignancy of melanocytes.


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Are there harmful symptoms associated with moles?

Are there harmful symptoms associated with moles?

Not usually: Unless your mole becomes cancerous, meaning melanoma, then mole will not usually cause you any harmful symptoms. ...Read more

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Treating Moles (Checklist)

Photograph with a ruler next to the mole to show its size
2x year
Get a loved one to examine your back
4x year
If a mole changes (changes color, grows, bleeds, itches) see dr ASAP
once
Examine your own body
4x year
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Any herbal treatment for getting rid of moles?

Any herbal treatment for getting rid of moles?

No: To the best of my knowledge there are no topical treatments that will make a mole go away. Nor are there any systemic herbal treatments that will do the same. ...Read more

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What is a good mole remover product?

What is a good mole remover product?

Shave or surgical: Moles can be removed effectively by being shaved with use of a device such as a hyfrecator for further ablation. Suspicious lesions should always be biopsied before being removed in this manner. Larger moles may be effectively removed by surgical excision also. There are no effective over the counter products or creams/ointments that safely and effectively remove moles. ...Read more

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Moles (Tip)

Do become concerned if a mole appears to change in size and color. ...See more

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I seem to be getting more moles on my body, should this be a concern?

ABCs (abacavir) of moles: Look at your moles according to the abcs (abacavir) as warning signs. Asymmetrical? Definite border? More than 1 color? Is diameter bigger than eraser on a pencil? Is it elevated? Does it feel funny or hurt? If these apply, get the mole checked out. For more explanation of the abcs (abacavir) check out: http://www.Afraidtoask.Com/skinca/skinwarning.Html worth getting a "total body check" from dermatologist. ...Read more

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Rash and new moles occur in back, hands and feet. Some moles are a little big. Acute HIV symptom ?

Rash and new moles occur in back, hands and feet. Some moles are a little big. Acute HIV symptom ?

Visit a derm: Rmatologist. I would not draw any conclusions with regards to HIV bless you have reason to believe you have it, in which case, i would have that checked out even prior to going to the derm consult. ...Read more

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Are there harmful symptoms associated with moles?

Not usually: Unless your mole becomes cancerous, meaning melanoma, then mole will not usually cause you any harmful symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are black moles a sign of cancer in young children?

Can you tell me are black moles a sign of cancer in young children?

Biopsy: The only definitive way to confirm suspicious lesions will be with biopsy of the lesion. ...Read more

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Hello Doctors Is there any diagnosis or medicine for neurofibromiotosis . I have many moles on my body?

Hello Doctors
Is there any diagnosis or medicine for neurofibromiotosis .  I have many moles on my body?

Complicated: Neurofibromatosis - whether it be type 1 or 2, are clinical diagnosis(as in require a certain number of particular findings on examination and family history) with the utilization of genetic testing too. You should see a doctor that specializes in this type of disease if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Should i get a biopsy of my mole to test for melanoma?

Should i get a biopsy of my mole to test for melanoma?

Possibly: At 43 years old, it is possible that your mole could be something more, if: it has changed in size, shape, color, or sensation. If any of those qualities has changed, seek your doctor's help for referral to a qualified dermatologist now. Early treatment and diagnosis is the key to successful therapy. ...Read more

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What are the tests for moles?

Biopsy: A mole can be removed and sent for pathology to determine what kind of mole it is. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a home-made remedy to get rid of moles?

Mole: No home remedies recommended. A dermatologist would remove the mole and have it tested to make sure there is no cancer present. ...Read more

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What causes moles?

They are natural: Moles, "nevi", also called "beauty marks" are pigmented skin growths that usually appear at a very young age but can become more apparent with further growth. The vast majority are totally benign and don't require treatment. Rarely, if a mole changes suddenly, consult with a dermatologist for possible biopsy as abnormal cells may be present. ...Read more

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Recently i've come out in a lot of moles on my legs. When i'm cold they turn a redish colour.. And they itch. What could that mean are they moles

Recently i've come out in a lot of moles on my legs. When i'm cold they turn a redish colour.. And they itch. What could that  mean are they moles

See your derm: You should alert your friendly dermatologist as to any changes in your moles. Having a complete skin examination would help to detect any abnormalities. ...Read more

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What are different ways to treat moles?

What are different ways to treat moles?

Two: There are two basic treatments for moles: remove them surgically or leave them alone. There is no reason to remove them unless they show suspicious characteristics or are bleeding excessively. Most moles are harmless, but only a dermatologist can tell you for sure if your moles need to be removed. ...Read more

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What type of doctor treats the moles?

What type of doctor treats the moles?

Dermatologist: www.aad.org/find-a-derm a dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in treating conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails. ...Read more

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I am 59 and developed two moles which I am sure is seborrehic kerotosis. Can i apply freeze-on to remove them? I looked it up and they say they don't need to be treated, but they are ugly. The article said they can be freezed off or cut out. Sounds like

I am 59 and developed two moles which I am sure is seborrehic kerotosis.  Can i apply freeze-on to remove them? I looked it up and they say they don't need to be treated, but they are ugly. The article said they can be freezed off or cut out. Sounds like

Seborrheic keratosis: I would only have a dermatologist diagnose the lesions to make sure they are "only" seborrheic keratosis and nothing more serious. Cryosurgery (liquid nitrogen) should only be applied by an experienced physician since over zealous use may lead to scarring. ...Read more

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Nevi (Definition)

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