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Can A Mole Change And Not Be Cancerous
Yes: They keep growing. They need to come out. See dermatologist. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Had a shave removal of a mole, which was benign, but it grew back. Can the removal change the cells to cause it to grow back cancerous?
Get is excised: A mole can recur which is probably the case with you right now. But it can also be a melanoma. I would recommend you going to a surgeon and get this mole completely re-excised and examined by a pathologist so that you will be able to get a formal pathology report just to be sure that you do not have a melanoma which has been treated as a mole, first time around. ...Read more
Unlikely: 3 mm is quite small. If it is unchanged in over a year, symmetrical, and fairly uniform it almost certainly a benign mole (nevus). Melanomas usually change in color or have color variation, grow in size, and have asymmetrical borders. ...Read more
Changing mole: Only a physician will be able to decide that. See your doctor and if there is any question, it should be biopsied. ...Read more
I have a weird mole looking brown bump on my anckel could this be cancerous. I've had it for a few years and haven't noticed much change.
Best thing: Is to have it looked at by podiatrist or dermatologist. They can examine, possibly with dermascope and decide if benign or not and if it needs a biopsy and or excision. ...Read more
Raised mole for years with no change — suddenly over last 3 days turning white n a little itchy. Is there any way it's not cancer? So scared.
Some moles will develop a halo around them and are
called halo nevi or moles. This might be what you are getting. Many people have looked at this, and there does not seem to be an increased risk of cancer in these moles. However, any mole that has changed should be seen by a dermatologist. It is certainly worth
your peace of mind and it might need to be biopsied. ...Read more
I have a rapidly enlarging, painful red mole on my shoulder. I've never had this change in any other cherry angiomas. Could it be cancerous?
Suspicious moles : The color, borders, appearance and size of a skin lesion are most important determinants to assess potential for a cancerous lesion. An experienced physician will do skin biopsy if the lesion appears worrisome. Without actually looking at it is hard to say if you need biopsy or not. Therefore, get it checked out. ...Read more
If the only way to know if moles or lesions are cancerous is to take a biopsy, what's the purpose of a screening? What if a doctor suspects a mole is normal when it's not? Would it be quick to change?
I don't know if was there before bt i have a purple mole on my ankle n it hasn't changed in 6 months bt I think it has become hard/raised. Skin cancer?
Flat (no mole) spot on back of arm. No tenderness, no change to size or color. Had for at least month. Looks similar to a bruise. Skin cancer concern?
Are all moles that change cancerous? I've always had a lot of moles and I'm almost 35... some have changed. None are painful.
There's a soft small purple thing near my auns it has been there for 3 years never changed and no pain and 2 moles could it be skin cancer?
Any bump on scalp that doesn't change or grow isn't cancer? Because i have a pink bump for years with no change or growth. Pink bump with moles on it.
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I'm so afraid I have skin cancer that I've picked at all my darker moles. I don't think they've changed, but I have OCD and am anxious. Derm appt soon?
Moles not cancer: Skin cancers are ulcerating, lesions represent basal or squamous cancers. Moles are essentially benign pigmented lesions. Those that are associated with melanoma are flat lesions with variegated colors, balck, brown and white, When a flat lesion becomes nodular and bleeds or develops etythematous changes around iit one should suspect melanoma and see a surgeon or dermatologist for bx ...Read more
Derm eval: AAD Malignant Melanoma screening: 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
Cancer : It needs to be biopsied or completely removed by a physician. It then needs to be checked under the microscope by a pathologist to determine the type of cancer and how deep it invades the skin and underlying tissues. Some skin cancers, especially melanoma, have the ability to spread to distant parts of the body. You need more information from the doctors involved with this case. ...Read more
Surgically: When a mole is clinically suspicious of being worrisome for melanoma it is biopsied. The biopsy will usually provide a precise diagnosis and will help guide the treatment which can be surgical excision of the mole with an extra 5 mm of skin all around to a couple of centimeters of skin including possible sentinel lymph node biopsy if the cancer is more evolved. Early detection & removal cures! ...Read more
But your dermatologist can.
We usually use an abcde guideline: a means asymmetrical lesion, b, border irregularity, c, color changed, d, diameter larger than 6mm and e, elevated lesion.
If all abcde shown on one particular lesion: the "mole" might be bad. ...Read more
By biopsy: AAD Malignant Melanoma screening: 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
Spreads: The rule for all tumors is that if you leave them alone they will grow on you. Melanoma or a malignant mole can rapidly spread to lymph nodes and then disseminate to every known organ in the body. It can produce satellites adjacent to the primary, ulcerate and bleed. In rare instances spontaneous regression is seen probably because of shedding of tumor protein into the skin inducing immunity. ...Read more
Biopsy: Most doctors can tell a non-cancerous mole from one that might be cancerous. You could look up pictures on the web if you don't want to see your doctor. But if you are really worried show him/her next chance you get. Moles which are rough, increasing, or bleed or have areas of different color are suspicious. Smooth round flat stable ones are not very suspicious. ...Read more
Yes, but it is a : Good reason to have the mole examined and may be even removed for examination by a pathologist. ...Read more
Biopsy and pathology: Your clinician may be able to look at the lesion, either by the naked eye or with the help of tools such as a dermatoscope, to see if the mole has worrisome features. Whether the mole has changed in size or color is important for your clinician to know. If there is persistent concern, the lesion should be conservatively but completely excised to be examined under a microscope by a pathologist. ...Read more
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