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Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Yes: In fact, this is fairly common. No one knows where spitz nevus leaves off and a melanoma capable of metastasizing begins. This is one of the hardest calls in pathology, and some say it's impossible. The burning question will be whether to do additional surgery. ...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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I had a skin biopsy on a benign mole. Doc is on vacation and won't remove the 8 stitches until he returns 19 days after biopsy? Is it safe to wait?

I had a skin biopsy on a benign mole. Doc is on vacation and won't remove the 8 stitches until he returns 19 days after biopsy? Is it safe to wait?

Can sutures stay in?: Ideally the sutures should come out sooner if adequate dermal support was provided. Sutures can cause irritation or leave marks much wider than just the incision scar. Depending on location of surgery and incision, your PCP or your local Plastic surgeon can recommend suture removal and post-op care including scar management. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of a mole?

What is the best way to get rid of a mole?

Surgical excision: Moles are not usually removed unless for concern that they may be worrisome for melanoma. However, they are also removed for cosmetic reasons. Given the risk of melanoma in moles, it is always prudent to have them removed surgically so that they can be evaluated under a microscope by a board certified dematopathologist. See your dermatologist for evaluation and advice. ...Read more

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Skin coloured mole on face I have been plucking it for about a year it have stopped growing hairs no other changes. Could this still a benign mole?

Skin coloured mole on face I have been plucking it for about a year it have stopped growing hairs no other changes. Could this still a benign mole?

Do not pluck: Leave the mole alone. It is most likely benign. If it is a cosmetic issue, you may have it removed. If not you may watch and wait. If the mole doubles in size, becomes irregular in size, shape or color, bleeds, ulcerates or develops a nodule, see a doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Had mole shaved and it was benign. Has grown back in 3 months. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Had mole shaved and it was benign. Has grown back in 3 months. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Yes but not usual: When a mole (or nevus) is shaved, frequently the depth of the shave is not deep enough to remove all of the melanin or pigment producing cells. This is why the lesion grows back. If instead, a full thickness excision is done, all of the involved skin is removed and the lesion will not re-grow. ...Read more

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Had a benign mole shave removed. It grew back fairly quickly. Dr said because it was "young". But do I have to be worried it grew back as melanoma?

Had a benign mole shave removed. It grew back fairly quickly. Dr said because it was "young". But do I have to be worried it grew back as melanoma?

See new doctor: Shaving a mole is not a good treatment. A mole should be removed in its entirety and submitted to a pathologist for examination. You should consult a dermatologist for proper evaluation and treatment. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can a benign mole that was scratched off come back after a few months? I have a mole on my arm that was scratched off and now it's slowly returning.

Can a benign mole that was scratched off come back after a few months? I have a mole on my arm that was scratched off and now it's slowly returning.

Yes, it can.: The important thing to consider if a growth recurs is the possibility that a benign lesion could become malignant. It should be biopsied if it has returnted ...Read more

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Is removing a benign mole on the face considered a cosmetic procedure and not usually covered by insurance (forgot to ask md)?

Benign moles: Skin lesions are removed for medical reasons that include growth, changes, symptoms, bleeding, etc. Most can be covered by insurance. If you already know its benign, then it would be considered cosmetic, unless it was constantly irritated by your clothing or jewelry. ...Read more

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Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Yes: In fact, this is fairly common. No one knows where spitz nevus leaves off and a melanoma capable of metastasizing begins. This is one of the hardest calls in pathology, and some say it's impossible. The burning question will be whether to do additional surgery. ...Read more

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I had a (benign) mole punch biopsied 4 months ago and now it's regrown through the scar. It looks horrible. What can my dermatologist do to help?

I had a (benign) mole punch biopsied 4 months ago and now it's regrown through the scar. It looks horrible. What can my dermatologist do to help?

Full excision: Glad you got that mole diagnosed. You can almost certainly have it removed, perhaps with a skin ellipse or something even simpler. This happens often & i wish you a speedy recovery. ...Read more

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Had skin biopsy on benign mole. Doc is on vacation and won't remove 8 stitches until he returns 19 days after biopsy? Safe to wait to remove stitches?

Had skin biopsy on benign mole. Doc is on vacation and won't remove 8 stitches until he returns 19 days after biopsy? Safe to wait to remove stitches?

Yes it's safe: Your doctor is aware of where he placed the stitches. How long they stay in depends. On the face usually 5-7 days is the max. Elsewhere on the body where the skin is thicker and low chances of scarring stitches can be left longer. If you are having signs of infection-streaking lines from the site, warm to touch, red, and/or drainage that is not clear or straw colored have them taken out. ...Read more

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Is it safe to apply lemon/pineapple juice to try to bleach a very small 1mm diameter benign mole (checked by dermatologyst)?

Is it safe to apply lemon/pineapple juice to try to bleach a very small 1mm diameter benign mole (checked by dermatologyst)?

Safe: yes;?effective: It is entirely safe to use a lemon/pineapple mix on a mole or any skin lesion. As to whether there will be any effective of this treatment - that is doubtful. ...Read more

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I had a skin biopsy on a benign mole. Doc is on vacation and won't remove the 8 stitches until he returns 19 days after biopsy? Is it safe to wait?

Can sutures stay in?: Ideally the sutures should come out sooner if adequate dermal support was provided. Sutures can cause irritation or leave marks much wider than just the incision scar. Depending on location of surgery and incision, your PCP or your local Plastic surgeon can recommend suture removal and post-op care including scar management. ...Read more

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With "recurrent Nevus phenomenon" could a previously benign mole now appear dysplastic if pathologist not aware of previous biopsy or laser ablation?

With "recurrent Nevus phenomenon" could a previously benign mole now appear dysplastic if pathologist not aware of previous biopsy or laser ablation?

Yes. Hx is important: When a benign nevus grows back after biopsy, and is re-biopsied or excised, it may now show features that closely mimic a dysplastic nevus or even melanoma under the microscope. This melanoma-like pattern is called "recurrent nevus phenomenon." A pathologist might accidentally misdiagnose a benign, recurrent nevus as a DN or melanoma, if they don't know (or suspect) it was previously treated. ...Read more

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Is it better chances of benign if mole has been there for years? 7mm one hair, don't think it changed much slightly if at all

Changes: Vast majority of the moles are benign. If it has not changed recently, you may keep a watchful eye on it. Visit this site for additional guidance: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/melanoma/basics/symptoms/CON-20026009 ...Read more

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Mole biopsied 3 months ago came back as a benign congenital mole. It is now starting to growing back in areas. Is this a concern?

Mole biopsied 3 months ago came back as a benign congenital mole. It is now starting to growing back in areas. Is this a concern?

Probably not: This is likely is due to what we call 'recurrent nevus'. In other words, the biopsy showed a benign mole but did not completely remove it. It is now growing back. If you are worried, i would see a dermatologist to have it completely removed. ...Read more

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Had a benign looking mole removed for cosmetic reasons. Dr never sent it for pathology. How will I know if it was cancerous? Would it grow back?

Had a benign looking mole removed for cosmetic reasons. Dr never sent it for pathology. How will I know if it was cancerous? Would it grow back?

Not likely: It is very unlikely that the mole will grow back. All of us have some moles and most of us do not get those removed and still do not get melanomas. All we can do is provide reassurance that you are no more at risk for melanoma than the next person. As I suggested earlier- Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Had a benign-looking mole surgically excised for cosmetic reasons. For some reason the Dr did not send for pathology. Do I have any options now to check the tissue to make sure the area is benign? Or do I have to wait to see if something grows back?

Tissue availability: If the doctor did not submit the mole for examination by a pathologist at the time of removal, the tissue is unlikely to be available now. It is very unlikely that mole was anything other than benign, however, one needs to keep in mind that a pathologist makes the final diagnosis. I wish you good health. ...Read more

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My dermatologist removed a small dark mole from my breast. It was clarks, benign. The mole came back, still very small and much lighter? Is is normal?

My dermatologist removed a small dark mole from my breast. It was clarks, benign. The mole came back, still very small and much lighter? Is is normal?

Recurrent mole: If you had partial excision of the mole and it was benign then you don't need to worry and just monitor the lesion but if you have developed a new mole in the same location, i would recommend further excision by a plastic surgeon and having the tissue examined by a dermatopathologist. ...Read more

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