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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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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


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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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Nevi (Definition)

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