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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Are all large moles cancerous?

Are all large moles cancerous?

No: However, recommend annual head to toe evaluation of skin & nails to insure that no skin lesions appear to be consistent with malignancy. ...Read more

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What do cancerous moles look like?

What do cancerous moles look like?

Changing mole: It can be hard to tell sometimes but for the lay person, any mole that is changing color, character, bleeds, gets darker, gets irregular or has symptoms, should be examined by a physician knowlegeable about such lesions. A dermatologist is a specialist in this area. If you are even in doubt, get it checked out. Google warning signs of skin cancers. ...Read more

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What are the signs of cancerous moles?

What are the signs of cancerous moles?

I agree: If there is a concern see your physician. A general surgeon or plastic surgeon may also be an alternative source. ...Read more

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What are black moles and are they cancerous?

What are black moles and are they cancerous?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with
asymmetry
boarders that are irregular
color differences within the same mole
diameter greater than 6mm

also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having cancerous moles?

What are the chances of having cancerous moles?

Depends on the mole: While moles are generally benign, or non-cancerous, there are some that can contain cancer. One class of mole, called congenital giant nevus, is very large and dark and can become a melanoma. Typical moles are very unlikely to be cancerous, but any concerning lesion should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Are moles with irregular borders always cancerous?

Are moles with irregular borders always cancerous?

Follow-up: Moles should be photographed and followed by a dermatologist. Irregular borders are not always cancerous. Careful follow-up and observation for redness, ulceration, or pigment spillage are concerning. Please see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Please answer, are all irregular shaped moles cancerous?

Please answer, are all irregular shaped moles cancerous?

No, not always!: Most primary melanomas have irregular margins (border) but not all irregular moles are cancerous. If the mole has changed in size or share or become irregular recetly, then a biopsy of the mole is advised. Without biopsy we can not be certain about it being cancerous. ...Read more

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Are all moles that change cancerous? I've always had a lot of moles and I'm almost 35... some have changed. None are painful.

Are all moles that change cancerous? I've always had a lot of moles and I'm almost 35... some have changed. None are painful.

Well, since we can't: See your moles - rather than take chances would encourage you to see dermatologist for a head to toe check of your skin. That way - it can be determined if any of your moles appear suspicious or need to be biopsied. Take care. ...Read more

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I have 4 moles with 2 or 3 shades of brown are they more likely to be atypical moles because there are 4 rather than cancerous?

I have 4 moles with 2 or 3 shades of brown are they more likely to be atypical moles because there are 4 rather than cancerous?

It depends on size: Moles which are >4-5 mm in size (bigger than pencil eraser) are often considered abnormal or Atypical. If there is mixture of colors instead of one uniform color, then the moles become suspect for Melanoma. You should show these to your doctor who may consider doing a biopsy if there is suspicion of melanoma. The main warning sign of melanoma to watch for is a changing mole (in color or size) ...Read more

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Are red moles cancerous?

Are red moles cancerous?

Usually not: Black/brown moles are more likely to be cancerous. Most red ones do not change and are typically benign. But if the mole you have gets bigger, like more than one cm in size, then you should go see your doctor to be sure that it is benign. ...Read more

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Why do moles cause cancer?

Why do moles cause cancer?

They can change!: Melanoma is a skin cancer that involves the cells which produce pigment. Moles on our skin also contain the same cells so when they change and appear worrisome (the abcde's) we worry about those cells transforming into melanoma. So moles don't cause cancer but can transform into cancer given the right conditions (sun exposure, family/genetic history. Etc.). Visit www. Skincancer. Org for more info. ...Read more

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Is a mole always cancerous?

Mole: The vast majority of moles are not cancerous and never will become cancerous. ...Read more

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Cancerous mole on my back?

See a dermatologist: If there is a concern you should see your physician or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How does a cancerous mole look?

How does a cancerous mole look?

ABCD: Just remember the abc's.
A- asymmetric or irregular
b- bleeds
c- color changes
d- diameter or size enlargement. ...Read more

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How to tell if my mole is cancerous?

How to tell if my mole is cancerous?

Derm eval: AAD Malignant Melanoma screening: ASYMMETRY: 1 half is unlike the other. BORDER: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. COLOR: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. DIAMETER: > 6 mm. EVOLVING: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read more

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Do all moles cause cancer eventually?

Do all moles cause cancer eventually?

NO: Most moles are benign and will never become cancer. They medical name for them is a nevus. ...Read more

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Do all asymetrical moles mean cancer?

Do all asymetrical moles mean cancer?

Not necessarily: We usually describe regular or irregular moles and also cancerous ones. Irregular or asymmetric moles usually can be bigger & raise more scrutiny when there are many. Any change in color, size, border, etc should be checked. Some regular moles can become irregular/asymmetric. Irregular moles may confer risk of melanoma elsewhere usually not themselves progressing to melanoma. Thorough derm eval! ...Read more

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Do all jagged edged moles mean cancer?

No: It is hard to know if your moles are concerning without an examination. It is concerning when moles change - change in size, color, become irregularly shaped, itch, bleed. Most moles are relatively easy to remove and test. Please see your primary doctor or a surgeon to see if this needs to be removed and tested. ...Read more

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How do you know if a mole is cancerous?

ABCD: I agree that biopsy is the only sure way to tell what it is. Signs to look for on skin lesions are asymmetry, border irregularity, color unevenness, diameter >6 mm. ...Read more

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What does having a cancerous mole mean?

What does having a cancerous mole mean?

Cancer: It needs to be biopsied or completely removed by a physician. It then needs to be checked under the microscope by a pathologist to determine the type of cancer and how deep it invades the skin and underlying tissues. Some skin cancers, especially melanoma, have the ability to spread to distant parts of the body. You need more information from the doctors involved with this case. ...Read more

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How is a cancerous mole usually removed?

How is a cancerous mole usually removed?

Surgically: When a mole is clinically suspicious of being worrisome for melanoma it is biopsied. The biopsy will usually provide a precise diagnosis and will help guide the treatment which can be surgical excision of the mole with an extra 5 mm of skin all around to a couple of centimeters of skin including possible sentinel lymph node biopsy if the cancer is more evolved. Early detection & removal cures! ...Read more

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Ate all moles with uneven boarder cancer?

No, and: You should see a qualified dermatologist if you have any concern. A biopsy is required for definitive diagnosis, but an exam by a dermatologist is prudent to see which moles require biopsy. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my mole is cancerous?

Treatment: Cancerous mole may be cured by surgical resection of a localized lesion. If it has already spread, the patient may need chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you have a cancerous mole?

You can't: But your dermatologist can.
We usually use an abcde guideline: a means asymmetrical lesion, b, border irregularity, c, color changed, d, diameter larger than 6mm and e, elevated lesion.
If all abcde shown on one particular lesion: the "mole" might be bad. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a cancerous mole?

How do you know if you have a cancerous mole?

By biopsy: AAD Malignant Melanoma screening: ASYMMETRY: 1 half is unlike the other. BORDER: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. COLOR: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. DIAMETER: > 6 mm. EVOLVING: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read more

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Is it possible to tell if a mole is cancerous?

Experts can look: And tell, but still biopsy or excise. Appearance, bleeding, color change, depth, expansion radially are all characteristics of melanoma. Some basal cells are pigmented. Why internet? Go see a malignancy astute dermatologist. I would. ...Read more

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

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, ...Read more


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