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Are all asymmetrical moles melanoma?

Are all asymmetrical moles melanoma?

No: Asymmetry is one sign of melanoma (along with non-smooth borders, color, and size (diameter= abcd). But many benign moles are asymmetric, as well. Have it checked out. If a melanoma, the office visit may be life saving - if benign, you will be reassured and can stop worrying. ...Read more

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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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Are all asymmetrical moles malignant?

Are all asymmetrical moles malignant?

No: Bu enough are so that it's worth evaluating. If a pigmented lesion is questionable, do get it seen. ...Read more

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Can a irregular shaped mole be benign?

Yes: If the mole has not change in size, shape, color, has not developed a nodule or started bleeding, it is likely to be benign. Unrelated to your question - If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...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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Asymmetric and 6 mm diameter, is it melanoma?

Asymmetric and 6 mm diameter, is it melanoma?

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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Does irregularly on moles always resemble melanoma?

Does irregularly on moles always resemble melanoma?

ABCDEFG: No. Only one of danger signs. ABCDEFG danger signs: Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Colour variation, Diameter >6 mm, Elevated, Firm, Growing progressively for a month or more. See a dermatologist to make sure mole is safe. ...Read more

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Ate all moles with uneven boarder cancer?

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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Mole grew back 6 weeks after shave. Report compound melanocytic nevus architectural disorder moderate cytologic atypia. What's this mean, melanoma ?

Mole grew back 6 weeks after shave. Report compound melanocytic nevus architectural disorder moderate cytologic atypia. What's this mean, melanoma ?

Seek 2nd opinion: Recurrence of a mole makes it likely that it is a melanoma. You should get further surgery done by a melanoma expert(surgical Oncologist). It always useful to seek 2 or 3 opinions and go with the aggregate of the recommendation, provided to you. ...Read more

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Can a birthmark mole become malignant?

Can a birthmark mole become malignant?

Maliganat % of mole: There are a small % of birthmarks that have the potential of becoming cancerous. Best to see a doctor in person for examination. ...Read more

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Is mole removal blistering next to mole normal?

Get it checked: Anytime there is a change in the character of a mole in terms of size, color or pain it should be evaluated by a dermatologist or family doctor. Red color indicates blood from increased growth or trauma. There are some growths that are primarily vascular and can be treated with laser instead of excision. ...Read more

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New raised mole on skin: could it be melanoma?

Could be: It could be, particularly if it is asymmetrical in its color distribution, has irregular border, has color variation, and a diameter larger than a pencil eraser. Get it checked out if it concerns you; a good dermatologist can suggest if this really needs to be biopsied or removed. ...Read more

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Could a flat mole (single freckle/beauty mark) become cancerous like regular past the surface moles do?

Could a flat mole (single freckle/beauty mark) become cancerous like regular past the surface moles do?

Yes: The presence of a flat mole, one that is irregular in shape and has variegated colors withi grey and dark brown areas represent the superficial moles that undergo malignant transformation leading to a nodular growth. The superficial melanomas less than 1mm thick are for the most part in-situ but as thickness (Breslow) develops , not so much as depth of penetration (Clark),it is now invasive. ...Read more

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Can a mole that looked slightly irregular on dermascooe come back benign?

Can a mole that looked slightly irregular on dermascooe come back benign?

Yes: Based on your question, it seems like you have already had a biopsy of the lesion. If that is the case, you have some waiting to do. I know that this can be scary and frustrating. Take deep breaths. There is nothing to do right now. Once you get the results, it is important to have your doctor explain, in detail, what the results mean and what the next steps are, if any are needed. ...Read more

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Does itchy moles necessary means melanoma?

Does itchy moles necessary means melanoma?

1 symptom: It can actually be a symptom. Follow A, B, C, D. Asymmetry-can you cut the lesion in half and have 2 mirror images. Border-is it irregular? Color-any changes? Diameter-larger than 6 mm? ...Read more

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Brown/tan color freckle on top of right chest bit darker then skin tone gyno thinks its a freckle doesn't itch 4mm size & asymmetrical is itskin cancer?

Brown/tan color freckle on top of right chest bit darker then skin tone gyno thinks its a freckle doesn't itch 4mm size & asymmetrical is itskin cancer?

Probably not: However, since you asked us, you will certainly want to take it to a dermatologist. We can't diagnose at a distance on just a description. Many people have a lentigo or two on the upper body that looks out of place, and if a person feels uncomfortable about it, it's often wise to trust their intuition and simply remove it. ...Read more

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Pigmented lesion . In face..Recent increase size..Irregular border....Biopsy reveals malignant cells infiltration ...Whats diagnosis plz?

Pigmented lesion . In face..Recent increase size..Irregular border....Biopsy reveals malignant cells infiltration  ...Whats diagnosis plz?

Can be melanoma.: This sounds like melanoma. You're lucky to have found this out on biopsy, as removal of this can be 100% curative. It's really smart to talk this over with your doctor, as well as the treatment options so you know what you're dealing with. ...Read more

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Can a scratched malignant melanoma/amelanotic nodular melanoma heal to look like normal skin?

Can a scratched malignant melanoma/amelanotic nodular melanoma heal to look like normal skin?

They grow deep.: It's doubtful that a melanoma with the top scratched off in any way would appear like normal skin, as they tend to grow deep and not superficially. But if there's really any concern about melanoma, see a Dermatologist right away. ...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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Cause pain (but not constant) around an asymmetrical mole?

See a Derm: Any time you have an asymmetrical mole and especially one that is causing pain, you should see a dermatologist for a check. That may need a biopsy, excision or to watch it, depending on what they think. ...Read more

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I have had an asymmetrical mole for over 5 years is it cancerous,also i have dark spots all over my back and my chest ?

I have had an asymmetrical mole for over 5 years is it cancerous,also i have dark spots all over my back and my chest ?

Most likely not: Asymmetry (irregular borders) is one of the features which makes doctors worry about a mole being malignant. However, some people do tend to grow irregular moles all over their body which are perfectly benign. If this mole has not changed in 5 years it is most likely benign. However, I do suggest you have it checked and I think you would benefit from routine skin check ups with your doctor. ...Read more

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If I've had a reddish purple slightly black asymmetrical mole on thigh a little smaller than a pencil eraser for 4+years, should I be worried?

No: .. but you should have it examined and possibly biopsied to rule out melanoma. Particularly if it has changed in shape, pattern or color over the 4 years. ...Read more

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I have a asymmetrical mole with different shades and a small black tubular growth crossing it.I used a pic of it for my profile. Is it melanoma.

I have a asymmetrical mole with different shades and a small black tubular growth crossing it.I used a pic of it for my profile. Is it melanoma.

Get a biopsy: We have all been fooled by the appearance of skin lesions. It looks small. Get it removed and examined by a pathologist. My philosophy after 26 years of plastic surgery practice: "if you are worried about it, it is better in a bottle than on your body.". ...Read more

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An asymmetrical brown mole with black spot appeared seemingly overnight on the inside of my bicep. I work outdoors in Texas. Should I be worried?

Use sunscreen: Take a picture of your sneaky mole. Melanomas do not just pop-up overnight. If you are worried about a particular mole changing appearance, measure it and check it again in a month. Take a vitamin D supplement rather than sunbathe. One 5,000 iu cap/week likely will prevent hypovitaminosis D, and the rate of melanomas is skyrocketing from tanning booths. ...Read more

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My mole is asymmetrical - is it malignant?

Asymmetrical mole: While it. Is impossible to determine without an examination, asymmetry of any pigmented lesion should prompt an evaluation by a dermatologist. He/she can help determine if a biopsy is needed. ...Read more

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Does asymmetrical and sometimes itching mole necessarily indicate skin cancer?

See you derm: This are signs that the lesion should be evaluated by your friendly dermatologist as these may be a sign of something more serious. ...Read more

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I've had a mole for about two yrs which is very different to all the others, asymmetrical nearly black and scalloped edges. Is it ok as it hasn't grow?

Have it checked: I highly recommend that you see a dermatologist. Although it hasn't been changing, it does have the markers that we recommend you watch for, which are the potential signs for a malignant melanoma. So, I recommend that you see a dermatologist in the near future (ideally within the next 1-2 weeks) to have it evaluated. ...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?

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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Are all asymmetrical moles malignant?

No: Bu enough are so that it's worth evaluating. If a pigmented lesion is questionable, do get it seen. ...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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Are all asymmetrical moles melanoma?

No: Asymmetry is one sign of melanoma (along with non-smooth borders, color, and size (diameter= abcd). But many benign moles are asymmetric, as well. Have it checked out. If a melanoma, the office visit may be life saving - if benign, you will be reassured and can stop worrying. ...Read more

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Hello sir, i have two moles on my arm, both round and elevatedbut slightly asymmetrical and one grew hair. i had them my whole life but i'm worried th?

Hello sir, i have two moles on my arm, both round and elevatedbut slightly asymmetrical and one grew hair. i had them my whole life but i'm worried th?

Dermatology: I recommend annual head to toe skin evaluation. This is something that your physician or a dermatologist can do. You can have the moles examined at the same time. Take care. ...Read more

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What is a mole?

moles: Moles are growths of cells in the skin. There are many types of moles some dangerous and some not. In fact, most moles are not dangerous. Some moles arise a new in adulthood, but the important thing about a mole is that any spot on your skin that you don't understand or that you don't think has been there for years should be looked at. You should have a mole check once a year at least. See a derma. ...Read more

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What is a black mole?

Blue nevus: A blue nevis is a very dark mole. This can not be determined just by appearance. Since moles can be abnormal a very dark mole should be evaluated and possibly biopsied by a dermatologist.Even benign lesions can change and a delay in diagnosis and treatment of a melanoma can make a significant difference in prognosis. ...Read more

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