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Can Brown Moles Be Melanoma
I have an 8mm mole light brown everything looks good besides it's 8mm. I don't think it has changed. What is the likely hood that this is melanoma?
A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more
I have been getting small, light brown moles with a little crust on top but like the kind you would get after pinching with a needle.Problem?Melanoma?
Approx 3 mm mole, flat, brown,one color, irregular shape and border .Been at least a year.Likely longer. No change that I know, melanoma chance?
32 yo lady with a question about a pigmented lesion. Irregular shape and border are concerning findings when it comes to pigmented lesions. Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, and Evolution=ABCDE
Here is a link to the CDC website on skin cancer.
If a lesion is suspicious, a dermatologist can take a biopsy so a pathologist can look at the cells under the microscope for definitive answer. Good luck ...Read more
Had mole removed, 3mm, all brown, had irregular borders. I think it's been there long time & I don't think it's changed. Can't sleep, chance Melanoma?
Biopsied?: Did the doctor who removed it sent the specimen for pathological analysis(biopsy). Though it had irregular border, if it was not increasing in size fastly, no pain, no itching,no easy bleeding tendency, no change in color, no change in pigmentation , no change in thickness then no need to worry. Follow with your dr. who removed it once in every 2-3 years , for the next 5-10 years for reassurance ...Read more
Does melanoma contine to grow and change on skin. Just had mole removed dr feels aytipical no changes at least in last 2 years and seen four derms (6mth screenings) rounded flat dark brown 5-6mm mole?
Ugly duckling: No hard and fast rules about when to watch and when to cut. One way to decide is the ugly duckling principle. If one mole looks a lot different then the rest remove it. If a lot of abnormal moles take the worst, the one that is changing, or new. For sure remove if =/>7mm irreg shape > 2 colors fuzzy borders. There is also the willy factor. If it gives me the "willies" get it out. Good health ...Read more
I have a new brown mole on my finger pad. Can it be harmless or is it a melanoma because of location?
Mole on finger pad.: Pigmented lesions on the palms, soles, toes and fingers should be removed because of the location. ...Read more
New moles popping up around body, some are itchy with a small black bump within the normal brown area. Wouldnt many melanomas at once be unlikely?
Mole in pelvic area disappeared. It was about 3-4mm and brown. There is no white halo. Can moles just disappear? Or is this melanoma?I'm 27 years old.
Get a Derm Consult: Melanoma typically is pigmented and has a dark color. It can regress due to your body's immune response to it. However, you should not take a chance trying to diagnosis this yourself. Melanoma is a deadly disease and early detection can lead to a cure. Delayed detection can be fatal. ...Read more
Brown mole, recently had small bump under, used to be flaky, now bleeding a lot, is it melanoma? I have spent a lot of time in sun recently, fair skin
Dark Mole???: Best to seek in person visit with a doc to biopsy area. Than have a pathologic examination done.. ...Read more
2mm dark brown mole on heel that hasn't grown looked a little irregular and dr removed it. Would it have grown if it was melanoma?
Does this mole that has turned black within a week look like melanoma also has a red patch around it, was a normal colour before pale brown ?
See a dermatologist: A mole that is altering its appearance should be evaluated by an expert. ...Read more
Round mole on the bottom of a toe. It showed about 8 yrs ago and has not changed. It is very tiny/brown. Should I be concerned it could be melanoma?
Not melanoma now.: While all moles should be monitored in the long term for any changes in color, shape, thickness and size, a melanoma would not stay on your skin unchanged for eight years. They're simply more aggressive than that. But continue to monitor this and any other moles you may have. An annual "skin survey" by a Dermatologist would be a good idea. ...Read more
New, normal looking mole light brown, seems to be getting slightly bigger, very lil. Derm appt next month, okay to wait? Anxiety about melanoma. Age32
You did right: Watch for changes in it and if none, don't worry - the month will go faster if you relax. But if you see any change, call to get in if possible. Still, don't worry - just let the office know and perhaps send a before/after photo. You should be ok if this is really new and exam in a month. Best! Take a photo now. ...Read more
I have a small mole on my right arm. It's always been slightly raised. Seems different now though. Looks half white, half brown. Melanoma?
I've had 6 dermatologists look at a raise 3mm medium brown mole that hasn't changed in two years. All said it's fine. Could it be nodular melanoma?
Melanomas change: Usually within two years a melanoma would change. The likelihood that a melanoma will not change in 2 years is almost non-existent. Watch the mole for the following: asymmetry, border irregularity, color irregularity, and change. If it changes or develops any of these characteristics, have it removed. Also if a mole is significantly different than all your other moles (ugly duckling sign). ...Read more
Hi I am a 20 year old female no history of melanoma. I had mole tan brown like a dot peeled of is this Normal? Wasn't sore no bad shapes all in one
If doesn't come back:
U r ok. Melanoma diagnosis by visual inspection by A,B,C,D's
C- multi-colored( slight variations in shades of color
D-diameter larger that 1 cm
Hope this is helpful. Always protect your skin with sunscreen. Also prevents premature aging of skin ...Read more
F 30, new flat black mole on my leg, 1.5 mm diameter.Can it be an advanced stage melanoma?Derm said it is brown with black dots in center,to remove it
Start with biopsy:
Any new skin lesion should be brought to the attention of your friendly dermatologist.
The first step in skin cancer diagnosis is performed with a skin biopsy. If the dermatologist recommends a biopsy, I would have it taken off and allow for a pathologist to make the diagnosis. ...Read more
I have a dark brown mole, 2mm on the side/bottom of my foot. Showed up 2 years ago and is little bigger now. Even color and round. Chance of melanoma?
Son has a new mole on his finger that appeared 5 months ago. Now im realizing it could be melanoma. It was new and i think a brown colour. He peeled it off with nailclippers was dirt. Also it didnt bleed as i think he peeled off the epidermis. Help!
Asked & answered: This public HT site is for general medical information. We do not offer to diagnose or treat anyone but do offer suggestions on health concerns. This issue cannot be sorted out with online questions no matter how often you ask or how you reword them. If you have this concern about a melanoma it must be sorted out with an in person evaluation. ...Read more
Small brown mole of outer vagina no longer there. No idea where it was so dr can't biopsy. Melanoma? Disappeared over a year ago.
Had the same 3 mm slightly raised medium brown mole on inner thigh for 2 years. It hasn't changed. Would nodular melanoma have grown bigger by now?
I have a small brown spot on my iris and it hasnt always been there. I also have a huge mole with black specks on my hip/thig Could these be melanoma?
Get both seen: If they're new, they're worth getting seen. Plus, this will get you into the habit of keeping a close watch on your skin. ...Read more
I have 3 small brown moles together on forearm, not sore to touch but gettinga random pain now and again in forearm.Could it be melanoma?
Consider biopsy: Melanoma can have certain risk factors on visual inspection (color, asymmetry, size, character of pigmentation, etc) but the only way to know for sure is to take a tissue sample called a biopsy. This will be examined under the microscope to tell whether or not you have melanoma. What you describe would seem rather low probability of melanoma though. ...Read more
Can a normal brown mole that turns black with an irregular red border overnight be all of a suddden melanoma? Could it be from my pregnancy hormones?
Overnight changes in moles are very rare. You are describing several changes suggestive of a melanoma...Irregular borders, asymmetric nature, multiple colors...
Get that mole evaluated asap. If there is any doubt an office biopsy will shed light on what is going on. Don't delay, melanoma can be a life threatening problem, but can be cured if caught early! ...Read more
I have a suspicious mole on my calf. It does NOT hurt. I have dark brown skin, with no personal or family history of any cancer. Worry about melanoma?
Had a mole removed 6mo ago biopsy said melanoma, they removed it all now scar is itchy, irritated and has a brownish spot in center is this a problem?
Can a normal brown mole that turns black with an irregular red border overnight be all of a suddden melanoma? Could it be from a rhogam shot the day before in the same arm?
Have it checked: Unless the injection was directly into the mole, an injection in same arm at another site should not have caused the changes you described. Please have it checked asap. ...Read more