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All of the sudden I have several flat moles on my back. Some are almost black?

All of the sudden I have several flat moles on my back. Some are almost black?

Seborrheic keratosis: Multiple grey to brown to dark flat spots are seborrheic keratosis are benign growths common in adults over 35. It s difficult however to see your whole back sonit is best to be screened to nake sure that there no suspicious lesions which require a biopsy. ...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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What to do if I have a smallish black mole on my back, please help!?

What to do if I have a smallish black mole on my back, please help!?

Get your annual derm: Check up now. Aad malignant melanoma: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied w shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read more

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I have a flat black mole center of back & turning can feel like it is tearing apart?

See Dermatologist: Any black flat mole should be seen and examined by a Dermatologist. Follow their advise. They may remove and send for biopsy or watch it. ...Read more

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Are black moles normal? I have a mole that is a slight bump on my back.

Without: Without seeing the mole it is difficult to tell your whether it is normal or not. However; black moles can be normal or abnormal. See your doctor to have it checked. ...Read more

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I have a thick black mole that's on the back of my neck that's hangs is it true if I pick it I will die I just won't it off bad?

I have a thick black mole that's on the back of my neck that's hangs is it true if I pick it I will die I just won't it off bad?

No: Picking off moles won't kill anyone, at least not immediately. Of course, if base of mole gets infected after it's picked off, then yeah, I guess someone could die from that. But just plucking it off? Nah. However, I would imagine it to be difficult to pick it off completely. Best to have your family doc remove it and send to a pathologist to make sure there's nothing else to worry about. ...Read more

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I have a grey-ish mole on my back, with a black speck in it. It is constantly sending tingly feelings up entire back. Should I be concerned?

Get checked: Forget internet answers this should be seen examined and possibly biopsied by your doctor preferably a dermatologist. ...Read more

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A mole on back that recently changed from black to pinkish black, raised and larger than before with a hair growing out it. Should I be concerned?

If it has a hair: It is most likely benign, but I can't be sure. No one can be sure, but a dermatologist can have a good idea by careful exam. Show it to a doctor to make sure. ...Read more

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My wife originally had a dark brownish black mole on her back now its somewhat protruding out of the skin and a slight scaling effect is around it now?

My wife originally had a dark brownish black mole on her back now its somewhat protruding out of the skin and a slight scaling effect is around it now?

Have it checked: Skin spots are hard to diagnose without seeing them. In general if a skin spot is changing in size, shape, or color, it should be evaluated by a physician to determine if it is concerning and if it needs to be biopsied or removed. ...Read more

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Recently had a mole on the back of my neck removed. After 2 weeks it has grown back black as well as with a red ring around it. Could this be dangerous?

Need more info: All depends on how the mole was removed and was it sent for microscopic examination? Did the doctor do a punch biopsy or cut it out with a scalpel and then suture it closed? The red ring could be indication of beginning infection. Please get back to the doctor who took the mole off and ask him/her the answers to the questions I just posed. ...Read more

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A weird black dot popped on the back of my neck & it's hurt alil. Looks like a black mole or bump?

A weird black dot popped on the back of my neck & it's hurt alil. Looks like a black mole or bump?

Bump: Moles typically are not painful. You may have a cyst or clogged pore. I would see a doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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I have a purpleish black little spot its not a mole nor a bump jst a spot on my back could it be a sign of something serious?

See a dermatologist: I am always concerned about skin lesions and moles that are 1) black, grey, or blue, 2) made up of many colors, 3) have irregular borders, or are bigger than the size of a pencil eraser. I am also concerned about moles that itch or bleed spontaneously. Please have yourself checked by your doctor; a dermatology evaluation may be in order. ...Read more

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I notice that I have a purpleish black little spot on my back its not a mole its just a spot im very concerned been under a lot of stress lately?

Black spot: See your doctor. There are many possibilities perhaps a bruise or blood blister. Perhaps a cherry angioma that has infarcted. Any new spot that appears should be checked to be sure it is not something unexpected. ...Read more

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I have a mole on my back that is changing shape, has bled, is painful, and is now turning a crusty black. What are the chances it's melanoma I'm 37 F?

I have a mole on my back that is changing shape, has bled, is painful, and is now turning a crusty black. What are the chances it's melanoma I'm 37 F?

Melanoma features: Melanoma can occur at any age and is suspected when there is a change in appearance or size of a skin lesion. Seek evaluation from a dermatologist. A biopsy will be helpful to determine if it is benign or malignant. ...Read more

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I have a few small moles (one on my nipple?!) that have black concave dots in them (like holes). One even falls off and comes back?! cause for concern

Blackheads: These sound like blackheads around your nipple, which is not uncommon. These occur due to plugging of oil/sebaceous ducts in the skin, are are not related to the development of breast cancer. ...Read more

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What does melanoma look like as I have just seem a black mole on my upper back?

What does melanoma look like as I have just seem a black mole on my upper back?

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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I have a bumpy black mole on the back of my neck I'm worried about this and all the doctor said was to wait and watch it

Black mole: Trust your instincts and see a dermatology who can perform a simple skin biopsy to remove the mole and determine if it is cancerous or not by sending it to a lab for pathological evaluation. There is a new medical device called melafind that gently scans dark moles to help in the detection of melanoma. ...Read more

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Eyes and skin yellow, mass on upper right side and middle abdomen, fever, vomiting, black moles on arms face shoulders v, back, stomach, green to dark?

Eyes and skin yellow, mass on upper right side and middle abdomen, fever, vomiting, black moles on arms face shoulders v, back, stomach, green to dark?

Yellow eyes/skin: Yellow eyes & skin indicate jaundice which is due to many reasons: hepatitis, liver issues. Consult with us to help you get better. More info on [email protected] Com ...Read more

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I have had a few moles/growths pop up on my back recently, my recommendations where I can go to get them checked or removed please. I have a smart essential plan. Don’t think it’s covered in my plan but I am just looking for assistance on where to go?

GP or Dermatologist: Most primary care doctors will have training in how to check moles and if they require removal are often able to do so. Alternatively a dermatologist or plastic surgeon could also be useful, particularly the dermatologist since this is their area. Here's some recommended dermatologists in the Johannesburg area if that's any help:
http://dermatologistsinjohannesburg. Co.za ...Read more

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Do moles always grow back?

Not Always: It depends on how they were removed. If they were completely excised (cut out) they will not return. ...Read more

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Are black moles dangerous? What do they mean?

Sometimes: Aad malignant melanoma: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read more

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I have lots of moles on my back and am concerned?

See a dermatologist: See a dermatologist and have the moles checked periodically by him/her. A dermatologist will be able to follow the problem closely and remove any that may be suspicious. ...Read more

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Lots of little moles on my back, should I be concerned?

Lots of little moles on my back, should I be concerned?

I encourage all of: My patients to have a head to toe skin evaluation every year by their dermatologist. I would encourage the same for you. The moles can be assessed at that time. ...Read more

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Do bumpy moles grow back the same if you get them removed?

Do bumpy moles grow back the same if you get them removed?

Get a consult: Some moles which are flat can be covered with make up, but seek out a consult from a facial plastic surgeon about more permanent removal. Some moles can be shaved off with good cosmetic results while some require full excision. I have found many patients are highly appreciative about their mole removals. ...Read more

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I'm very concerned about lots of small moles on my back. What should I do?

See your doctor: A lot of moles, especially if they are new or changing, may be a sign of a condition called "dysplastic nevus syndrome". There is an increased risk of melanoma in this syndrome, and its best to have these moles evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about new moles appearing on my back after the removal of a bunch?

Perhaps: If you have "a bunch" of moles that were worrisome enough for your doc to remove them, and now you are growing new ones, you should have the new ones evaluated as well. ...Read more

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