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Doctor insights on: Atypical Mole Melanoma Syndrome

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Does an atypical mole usually turn into melanoma?

Does an atypical mole usually turn into melanoma?

Atypical nevi: Atypical moles(nevi), prescancerous nevi, dysplastic nevi are classified as mild, moderate and severe. After severe is melanoma. It is believed than normal moles go through this progression to become a melanoma. Thus, skin screening is important to pick up the precancerous nevi before they turn into melanoma. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & ...Read more


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What is the difference between a severely atypical mole and melanoma?

The difference is...: That atypia in a mole (or nevus) is generally thought to represent a premalignant change but not an invasive malignancy. A melanoma is a malignant tumor that can invade surrounding tissue and metastasize (spread) to other organs and lymph nodes. The difference is premalignant vs. Malignant. ...Read more

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When biopsied mole comes back atypical does this mean that the mole would have for sure turned into melanoma? Have had 2 "slightly atypical" - scared!

When biopsied mole comes back atypical does this mean that the mole would have for sure turned into melanoma? Have had 2 "slightly atypical" - scared!

Watch carefully: Atypical means the cells are not completely normal. Depending on degree, can be pre-cancerous. See a dermatologist. Ask to have the pathology specimen re-read by a dermatopathologist. Just to be safe. If still atypical, follow the area closely with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Does melanoma contine to grow and change on skin. Just had mole removed dr feels aytipical no changes at least in last 2 years and seen four derms (6mth screenings) rounded flat dark brown 5-6mm mole?

Ugly duckling: No hard and fast rules about when to watch and when to cut. One way to decide is the ugly duckling principle. If one mole looks a lot different then the rest remove it. If a lot of abnormal moles take the worst, the one that is changing, or new. For sure remove if =/>7mm irreg shape > 2 colors fuzzy borders. There is also the willy factor. If it gives me the "willies" get it out. Good health ...Read more

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I get yearly skin screenings and will continue to do so. My question is about a previous excised mole. It was a moderate-severe atypical dysplastic nevus. I know having atypical moles can be a sign of increased chance of melanoma. I've also read that ma

I get yearly skin screenings and will continue to do so.  My question is about a previous excised mole.  It was a moderate-severe atypical dysplastic nevus. I know having atypical moles can be a sign of increased chance of melanoma. I've also read that ma

Low risk: As long as the atypical nevus was excised with negative margins (normal skin at all edges), then you should be fine. Lower your risk of developing a new problem somewhere else by avoiding excessive sun exposure, or by using frequent applications of sunscreen if you must be out in the sun. ...Read more

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2 atypical moles on back; meet all standards of melanoma. Dr concerned due to "depth", wants to excise completely. Should i be worried?

2 atypical moles on back; meet all standards of melanoma. Dr concerned due to "depth", wants to excise completely.  Should i be worried?

Concerned: I would allow your doctor to excise these lesions if they are concerned about them. This will allow a pathologist to make a diagnosis. Skin cancers that are detected in the earliest stages are highly treatable. Remember to limit your exposure to UV radiation. When outdoors, wear sunscreen and try to cover up as much as possible. ...Read more

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I've noticed 6 atypical moles on me. Im really scared. Everything I've read says that if i don't have melanoma my odds are so much i may as well have it?

I've noticed 6 atypical moles on me. Im really scared. Everything I've read says that if i don't have melanoma my odds are  so much i may as well have it?

Atypical nevi : Self-diagnosis is not advised. Your regular doctor or dermatologist should decide if the moles are atypical moles. You can help by taking pictures every few months and report any changes to them. Your doctor may have to perform a simple office based skin biopsy if the moles look atypical. Regardless, wear sunscreen and consume a mindful diet. ...Read more

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I'm at an increased risk for melanoma but can't find anyone to take me seriously about my atypical moles. What should I do?

I'm at an increased risk for melanoma but can't find anyone to take me seriously about my atypical moles. What should I do?

See a dermatologist: If you have atypical moles that you are concerned about, please go see a dermatologist for an evaluation. You had a brother who died of melanoma and you have other risk factors including tanning bed, blistering burns. You should take this seriously and perform skin exam monthly. If you ahve seen a doctor and you are still concerned, then go and see another doctor for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Dysplastic nevus, or atypical moles, and they are benign lesions that resemble early melanoma, and about 1 in 10 million americans willmelanoma, what to do?

Watch carefully: Dysplastic nevi are potentially serious in that they can convert to infiltrating melanoma. In children with spitz nevus, they look malignant but never convert. In patients with neurofibromatosis there is a high incidence of dysplastic nevi and since many are present they are watched for changes in shape, darkening in color or redness around the lesion suggesting that they are converting. ...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. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more