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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

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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Is seborrheic keratosis a malignant skin cancer tumor?

Is seborrheic keratosis a malignant skin cancer tumor?

No: Sk's are nonmalignant tumors, nor are they premalignant. They often grow on sun damaged skin, so they often show up in the same areas which are at risk for skin cancers. Sk's require no treatment. See a md for eval & diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can getting noncancerous moles removed prevent melanoma?

Can getting noncancerous moles removed prevent melanoma?

NO: It only accomplishes removal of the moles. One prevents melanoma by careful avoidance of sun damage as a youth (think of the teen years), not using tobacco products and having a negative family history. If you have many moles, it is wise to seek an annual dermatology consultation with biopsy of suspicious lesions. ...Read more

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Are skin tags harmful?

Are skin tags harmful?

No: No they are not harmful but they can be somewhat irritating because of their location. They tend to grow around neck lines, bra lines, and underwear lines. Your doctor can easily remove them but insurance often wont pay since it is considered cosmetic. ...Read more

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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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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 seborroheic keratosis lesions be multicolored?

Can seborroheic keratosis lesions be multicolored?

SK color: Yes, they can be brown, dark brown/black, light brown or tan. Typically rough texture (like a wart) or waxy texture. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Are acrochordons a malignant tumor or skin cancer?

Are acrochordons a malignant tumor or skin cancer?

Neither: Acrochordons are a fancy name for skin tags, which are benign (not cancerous) growths that tend to occur as we age. They can often be found on the neck, armpits, and groin-- pretty much anywhere where the skin tends to rub. No one knows what causes them, but they are definitely not dangerous. Many things can look like skin tags though, so best to see your dermatologist to check them out. ...Read more

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Bleeding skin tags?

Bleeding skin tags?

Skin tags: Skin tags are simply redundant skin that cause protuberances, often around areas that are frequently rubbed by clothing or are traumatized by friction. They often occur around the neck, under the arms and on the buttocks. When these skin tags get traumatized, they can get inflamed and very painful, or they can bleed. They can usually be easily removed under local anesthesia in a doctor's office. ...Read more

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What are skin cysts, cherry angioma and dermatofibromas?

All normal growths: Skin cysts, cherry angioma and dermatofibroma are all benign (non-cancerous) skin growths. Cysts are saclike structure in the skin, which usually contains fluid or keratin material. Cherry angiomas are red blood vessels growths that we can get as we age. Dermatofibroma are brown firm scar tissue-like growths. If you are unsure about a skin spot, you should see a dermatologist. ...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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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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Itchy growths all over skin? Aks?

Itchy growths all over skin? Aks?

Difficult to say: Aks are not usually itchy. But they can be. If they are "all over" meaning they are also on skin usually covered by clothing then that makes them less likely to be aks. I would suggest you have them examined. ...Read more

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Pictures of harmless dark freckles and moles?

Pictures of harmless dark freckles and moles?

Not sure: Please try to make your question clearer so it can be answered properly. ...Read more

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Skin cancer under hair, possible?

Skin cancer under hair, possible?

Sometimes: Skin cancers most often develop on areas of sun-exposed skin including the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms, dorsum(top) of hands, and legs. However they can form in areas that are rarely sun-exposed such as the palms, fingernail/toenail beds, and even the genitals. Not all skin changes are due to skin cancer. A physician can check any skin changes that worry you and make suggestions. ...Read more

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New raised mole on skin: could it be melanoma?

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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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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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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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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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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