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If a mole gets bigger or becomes more raised over the years, does this mean it's cancerous?

If a mole gets bigger or becomes more raised over the years, does this mean it's 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

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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3 mm dark brown raised mole hasn't changed in over a year. Chance it's cancer?

3 mm dark brown raised mole hasn't changed in over a year. Chance it's cancer?

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

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Does a dry itchy raised new mole always mean cancer?

Does a dry itchy raised new mole always mean cancer?

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

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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 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?

Pretty low but...: Irregular moles should be checked asap. Especially if they have increased in size quickly or bleed easily. If an md feels it is benign and it continues to behave benign it can be watched. However, the only way to get a definite answer is with a biopsy. ...Read more

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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 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?

Uncertain: Please have this checked by a doctor. This type of thing needs to be examined to be sure. At your age, skin cancer is not likely, but not unheard of. Better to be safe and get that checked out. ...Read more

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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

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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.

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.

Probably not: 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

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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?

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?

Unlikely: Given your age, it is unlikely to be cancer. But, I would need to see it to be sure. I would recommend that you see a dermatologist for evaluation. If is is suspicious looking, a biopsy may be performed. ...Read more

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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

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

Mole irritated: Seems like it is infected. Would f/u/ w/ doc urgent care and get antibiotics. Infection does not means cancer but irritating a moles is not good practice. Would f/u/ w/ doc and later dermatology to have it removed. ...Read more

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2 red raised skin lumps look like moles bright red in colour on neck and back are these cancerous?

2 red raised skin lumps look like moles bright red in colour on neck and back are these cancerous?

A dermatologist: Should evaluate for
a) asymmetry
b)irregular border
c)varied or multicolor
d)diameter > 1 cm. ...Read more

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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?

Apple Cider Vinegar: No, apple cider vinegar will not remove moles. Some people report that acv can help heal acne scars and fade age spots, but there are no reports that it can remove moles. ...Read more

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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

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

Too much!: 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

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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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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?

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?

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?

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

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


Dr. Coyle Connolly
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