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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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
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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Probably not: Have your doctor refer you to a dermatologist who can more aggresively remove the lesion. ...Read more
Have a dermatologist appt for new light brown oval shaped mole on the 12th of June. IF it is cancerous is that to long to wait to get it diagnosed?
No: A few weeks is not a huge amount of time. Not knowing is hard but not increasing risk ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've a non-cancerous mole of around 1cm diameter.its hidden in my eyebrow hair.shud I get it removed? Will it regrow? & will my eyebrow hair regrow?
Eyebrow mole?: Best to see in person a boarded Plastic Surgeon for removal and the save the eyebrow hair. ...Read more
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