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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
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?
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
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
Scratching is a symptom in which a person runs his fingernails or some other firm object over an itchy part of his skin, while trying to relieve his itching. Scratching an area too much can lead to a skin rash which itches even more. Scratching to the point of breaking the skin can lead to ...Read more
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