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Are Raised Moles Cancerous
Need Medical checkup: Moles coma in many forms. Most of them are benign. But if a mole is changing its colors and starting to grow, it may need to have abiopsy which is best done by your family doctor or by a dermatologist who will first examine your mole to check if it appears to be benign or suspected melanoma. A biopsy is the final answer to determine if it is cancerous or not. ...Read more
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
Unlikely: 3 mm is quite small. If it is unchanged in over a year, symmetrical, and fairly uniform in color it almost certainly a benign mole (nevus). Melanomas usually change in color or have color variation, grow in size, and have asymmetrical borders. ...Read more
Itchy: Not every itchy mole is cancerous. Not every raised mole is cancerous. With that said it is a good idea to have a mole that is changing (raised) and symptomatic (itchy) evaluated by a dermatologist to make sure it is not cancerous. ...Read more
Hi. I have a mole on my back that is raised, black and brown and sometime itches. I'm worried as a few of my family members have cancer.
Dermatologist: See a dermatologist to have it evaluated- don't delay. ...Read more
I have a mole that is a raised circular bump that is mostly transparent but has asymmetrical brown coloring on top. What are the chances for cancer?
I have only a few raise moles but just this week I noticed one on my lower back that's raised and feels like a pimple and hurts could it be cancerous?
I have a raised mole all my life, it's non-cancerous. Will honey work as a home remedy to make the mole smaller? Thanks.
Red flat mole itches and becomes raised with tiny black center. Mole used to be flat never bothered me before. Could it be cancer?
Yes: A change in a mole like that could be caused by a malignancy. You need to see a dermatologist or surgeon as soon as possible. ...Read more
Raised mole for years with no change - suddenly over last 3 days turning white n a little itchy. Is there any way it's not cancer? So scared.
Some moles will develop a halo around them and are
called halo nevi or moles. This might be what you are getting. Many people have looked at this, and there does not seem to be an increased risk of cancer in these moles. However, any mole that has changed should be seen by a dermatologist. It is certainly worth
your peace of mind and it might need to be biopsied. ...Read more
I have a few small dark moles that are raised now but weren't before. They don't have any other signs of melanoma. Should they be checked for cancer?
I wear sunscreen outdoors, but I have a raised mole. Do I have skin cancer? Is SPF 50 sunscreen going to protect me more than SPF 15?
Biopsy: The diagnosis can be confirmed by biopsy of the lesion. ...Read more
I just shaved one of my raised moles off with the razor on my armpit It bled for like 10 minutes and now it's red Can this lead to cancer?
Not likely: But this is why self-surgery never really took off in popularity. Next time let a doctor do the work. ...Read more
Can a birthmark turn into cancer? I have had this mole on my leg since I was born. Its now raised and somewhat changing color...Cancer or harmless?
Have a mole on arm 3 x 3 mm mostly uniform colour with a little lighter spot in the middle. Recently noticed that it has become a bit raised. Cancer?
I have a raised mole on my lower back with a dark center. Its symmetrical but it may have an ingrown hair. Is it cancerous? Image in the health files
If change: If it has not changed @ all probably ok. Because u r not able 2 c it well the best advice is 2 c a dermatologist 4 a close look. ...Read more
I have a small mole wich raised on the back of neck since I was child I irritate it Now it's filled pus and bad smell and hurts, is that early cancer
2 red raised skin lumps look like moles bright red in colour on neck and back are these cancerous?
Should evaluate for
c)varied or multicolor
d)diameter > 1 cm. ...Read more
I have a raised eraser sized mole on my face I want to get rid of myself. My doctor says it's not cancerous. I don't care about a scar. Will acv work?
I don't know if was there before bt I have a purple mole on my ankle n it hasn't changed in 6 months bt I think it has become hard/raised. Skin cancer?
I have a raised, pinkish mole or chickenpox scar on myscalp. It has hair growing from it. When I put a little pressure on it it's sore. Cld it b cancerous?
Evaluation: Please have it seen by a doctor. Hard to guess without seeing. ...Read more
Have a mole that appeared on my fore head after I went to an air shiw and got burnt my face peeled but it has not gone away its dark brown and raised im also so weak and fatigued and bruise super eaisily what can be going on I had skin cancer 5years ago a
To deal with for a computer question. I would make sure you get checked out as your concerns could be serious.
With a history of skin cancer at a very young age, you need to be extremely protective of your skin whenever you are going to be outside. You should wear sunscreen every day, and re-apply at least every 4 hours when you are in the sun. Wear a hat and protective clothing too! ...Read more
I have a raised mole on my big toe nail? I think it is a mole, or is a blood clot. But I just noticed it the other day. Is it skin 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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