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Can moles get irritated and look cancerous from scratching them too much?

Can moles get irritated and look cancerous from scratching them too much?

Yes, visually: An irritated mole can look like a melanoma on visual examination. The signs for a mole turning into a melanoma are enlargement, bleeding, change in color, therefore an irritated scratched mole may look cancerous to the naked eye. However, if you have the slightest doubt, see your doctor so that it may be removed and examined by a pathologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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I have a mole when I bump it is sore, and bled when I bumped it yesterday, the skin is red around the edges like it's irritated. Does this mean cancer?

I have a mole when I bump it is sore, and bled when I bumped it yesterday, the skin is red around the edges like it's irritated. Does this mean cancer?

It could just mean: An irritated mole, a cyst under the mole, or of course small chance it could be abnormal. See dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment options ...Read more

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So worried can touching black mold if you wash hands about 2 minutes later cause cancer? Also, cn shaving over a mole if doesn't bleed/ not irritated?

So worried can touching black mold if you wash hands about 2 minutes later cause cancer? Also, cn shaving over a mole if doesn't bleed/ not irritated?

See below: The situation you described for the black mold, will not cause cancer. The mole is not easy to comment on. You should watch it and if there is any change in size, shape, color, nodularity or bleeding, it would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Can scratching a mole and making it bleed cause it to become cancerous?

Can scratching a mole and making it bleed cause it to become cancerous?

No: Scratching a mole will not make it become cancer. However, if you were scratching it does it itch? Itching is a concerning symptom that makes doctors more suspicious that a mole could be cancer. Moles are easily removed. It is often an office procedure. Please see your doctor or surgeon to have it evaluated to know for sure if it needs to be removed and tested. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a changing mole, but is it cancer or just a scratch?

What to do if I have a changing mole, but is it cancer or just a scratch?

When in doubt - eval: American academy of dermatology: 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 noticed I was bleeding after scratching the other day. It happened again today. No mole before but it's a perfect circle and bleeds easily. Cancer?

Unlikely: What you described is unlikely to be cancer. Could it be that you had in insect bite, e.g. tick bite and the bleeding is from the bite and scratching. Perfect circle also suggest erythema marginatum. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an examination and may be tests for Lyme disease. Consult this site for more info:
http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/symptoms.html ...Read more

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I have a lightly colored, brown mole which swells up a bit and turns to red after I scratch it. Is this normal, it this a type of skin cancer?

I have a lightly colored, brown mole which swells up a bit and turns to red after I scratch it. Is this normal, it this a type of skin cancer?

Unlikely, but it can: Happen. Many benign lesions look like cancers but are not. The only way to know is to get it biopsied; a simple procedure that can be done in the office. See a dermatologist, find out, and put your mind at ease.

Good luck! ...Read more

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Can touching a mole constantly or picking at it cause it to get bigger or turn cancerous?

Can touching a mole constantly or picking at it cause it to get bigger or turn cancerous?

Possibly: Most of the time, it would just predispose to infection/cellulitis. If constantly done, the inflammation associated with picking at it might cause a slight increase in propensity for cancer. So, just leave it alone or have it removed by your doctor or dermatologist. ...Read more

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How do you get a mole removed if you think it's cancer?

How do you get a mole removed if you think it's cancer?

Have it biopsied.: Go to a dermatologist and have it examined. If the doctor is concerned enough about it, they will biopsy the lesion. Then you have a diagnosis, and better know what to do with it. ...Read more

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Will a skin cancerous mole appear where you get sunburned badly, or anywhere?

Will a skin cancerous mole appear where you get sunburned badly, or anywhere?

Skin cancer : While most skin cancers occur on chronically sun exposed areas such as the scalp, face, arms, back, and legs, some skin cancers occur on non sun exposed areas. See a dermatologist for a skin examination yearly. ...Read more

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How soon after diagnosis should you get a cancerous mole removed? Is one month too long to wait?

How soon after diagnosis should you get a cancerous mole removed? Is one month too long to wait?

Depends: "Cancerous mole" could mean a mole which has become malignant melanoma, in which case prompt removal would be really important. It might also mean a mole on the way to becoming cancerous (a dysplastic mole), in which case waiting a month is no problem. I suppose it could also mean a basal cell skin cancer or a squamous cell cancer, both of which could wait a month, especially basal. Ask the doc. ...Read more

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Can you still get cancer in a mole that has been removed with laser?

Can you still get cancer in a mole that has been removed with laser?

If the: Excision was complete (micro-surgery) and it had cancer the recurrence rate is very low!
If the mole was benign.there is no ongoing risk of cancer!
Hope this helps
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How can I get rid of moles without getting cancer or havingsurgery?

How can I get rid of moles without getting cancer or havingsurgery?

Seek Dermatologist's: A good dermatologist can check your moles and advice you whether your moles are benign or suspected to be cancerous. More than 90% of the moles are benign and do not need surgery, yet they need to be monitored carefully both by you(for any changes) and your doctor, and you need to use sunb protection on your skin on a regular basis. ...Read more

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If a very averse mole is pinky&covered by a dandruff&didn't get bigger in 3months it's not cancerous? I know it should be examined but to relax

If a very averse mole is pinky&covered by a dandruff&didn't get bigger in 3months it's not cancerous? I know it should be examined but to relax

Have it checked: The red scaly area on the skin may be inflammation or fungal infection. However, certain skin cancers also have a similar appearance. Even though it has not gotten bigger in 3 months, it could be a slow growing basal cell cancer. It would be best to have it checked. ...Read more

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Where do you go to get a mole removed for fear of cancer?

Where do you go to get a mole removed for fear of cancer?

Primary care doctor: Skin cancer incidence is increasing. In some cases a "mole" starts to enlarge and/or change colors. These changes may be signs of malignancy in "moles." see your primary care physician first. He/she can further advise you. If indicated, he/she can refer you to a dermatologist. ...Read more

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