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Can a new mole (located on my back) mean cancer?

Can a new mole (located on my back) mean cancer?

New mole: One can develop new moles as one ages. If a new mole has abnormal features such as asymmetry, irregular borders, different colors (especially brown/black), diameter bigger than a pencil head eraser, or evolving (itch, bleed, etc.) have it examined by a dermatologist. Melanoma is most commonly found on men on the back. This location, however, does not guarantee a mole is or is not cancerous. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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I'm having sharp aches around and in my mole on my back. Could this be cancer? It has been going on for a while. And is ery strange pain

I'm having sharp aches around and in my mole on my back. Could this be cancer? It has been going on for a while. And is ery strange pain

See derm yearly: If you have moles that are concerning, I recommend seeing a dermatologist yearly. Many skin cancers can be caught and removed early.

Pain is an uncommon symptom related to moles, and is not immediately concerning, but only a thorough history and physical exam can help us know for sure. ...Read more

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Son has mole on back be removed graded 9.8 by hospital. Is this cancer?

Son has mole on back be removed graded 9.8 by hospital. Is this cancer?

Need to review Patho: There is no such thing as a grade on moles. Mole can be cancerous in which case it is called melanoma. Melanoma is staged by measurement of its thickness (in millimeters) or depth of penetration under the skin.
You need to ask your doctor what it is exactly: Benign mole or Melanoma? Which by definition is a form of cancer. ...Read more

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My wife has a mole on her back that has grown and is now off white crusty. Is this skin cancer?

My wife has a mole on her back that has grown and is now off white crusty. Is this skin cancer?

Time to see your doc: Changes in the appearance of any mole warrants a trip to your friendly dermatologist. ...Read more

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How do I find out if its cancer? I'm 31 and I found a new mole on the back of my leg. It looks like a regular mole. Could it be cancer. Or could it be just anouther mole?

How do I find out if its cancer? I'm 31 and I found a new mole on the back of my leg. It looks like a regular mole. Could it be cancer. Or could it be just anouther mole?

Biopsy: The only way to tell if a mole is malignant is to have it biopsied. This is most important for any skin lesion that is changing in any way...Size, shape, color, bleeding, pain etc. ...Read more

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I just a atypical Nevis mole removed it was biopsy before and came back no cancer there resend in it to pathology could it still be cancerous?

I just a atypical Nevis mole removed it was biopsy before and came back no cancer there resend in it to pathology could it still be cancerous?

Unlikely: If entire mole is removed, if report has no cancer then there is no cancer and is a good news. How ever in rare cases due to unusual appearance pathologist will also will seek second opinion, for special stains etc then will confirm and give the official report. Speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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New mole on back, back barley ever exposed to sun. Consistent light brown color, oval shaped, but kind of large. Appeared at most a week ago. Cancer?

Need for examination: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining the "mole". It would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a sma mole on my back that hasn't grown but has white/very light brown crust over like a scab its been there a few weeks. Could this be cancer?

I have a sma mole on my back that hasn't grown but has white/very light brown crust over like a scab its been there a few weeks. Could this be cancer?

Were it that simple: Without a photograph it's not possible to speculate on your particular growth.

But, some very basic and accurate information on skin cancer with photos is provided by the american academy of dermatology, and a link is below.

https://www. Aad. Org/public/spot-skin-cancer/learn-about-skin-cancer/types-of-skin-cancer

A virtual consult with a photo provided might also be of some help for you. ...Read more

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Arter a mole is removed, will it ever grow back or develop cancer that's not visible for the eye?

Arter a mole is removed, will it ever grow back or develop cancer that's not visible for the eye?

Possible: Possible but unlikely if it was completely removed and was totally benign. If not totally benign, requires close monitoring. ...Read more

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I have a natural mole. I remove it myself a couple times. Its back and lighter now. But gets bigger each time I peel it. Is this a skin cancer sign?

I have a natural mole. I remove it myself a couple times. Its back and lighter now. But gets bigger each time I peel it. Is this a skin cancer sign?

Could be: ABCD rule: It may be time for a biopsy to figure out the malignant potential. Many use the simple abcd guidleines (see diagram). ...Read more

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I have a small mole wich raised on the back of neck since I was child I irritate it Now it's filled pus and bad smell and hurts, is that early cancer

I have a small mole wich raised on the back of neck since I was child I irritate it Now it's filled pus and bad smell and hurts, is that early cancer

Mole irritated: Seems like it is infected. Would f/u/ w/ doc urgent care and get antibiotics. Infection does not means cancer but irritating a moles is not good practice. Would f/u/ w/ doc and later dermatology to have it removed. ...Read more

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I have a mole on my back that has started bleeding on its own, it's now formed what looks like a blood blister over it, could it be cancer?

Go to see derm: You should go to see a dermaologist and have that mole removed. Bleeding on the mole by itself would be one of the symptoms of cancerous mole. Make an appointment as soon as possible and have that mole checked and removed. Don't delay. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm 26 weeks pregnant & just found out I have a basal cell skin cancer. Do I need to be concerned? Had a mole biopsied that came back as basal cell.

I'm 26 weeks pregnant & just found out I have a basal cell skin cancer. Do I need to be concerned? Had a mole biopsied that came back as basal cell.

See dermatologist: Basal cell cancers tend to grow fairly slowly so delaying treatment until after your pregnancy may be ok. But it really depends where it is and how extensive it is and what kind of basal cell cancer it is. You might be able to have it removed under local anesthesia especially in the second trimester. You should talk to a dermatologist to go over the options. ...Read more

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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?

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?

May be sun damage: Malignant skin conditions normally are irregular shaped, grow, have uneven coloration the malignant melanoma is a concern although being flat is less worrisome. Its always best to simply shoe a dermatologist who could diagnose what you have easily. ...Read more

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Why do moles cause cancer?

Why do moles cause cancer?

They can change!: Melanoma is a skin cancer that involves the cells which produce pigment. Moles on our skin also contain the same cells so when they change and appear worrisome (the abcde's) we worry about those cells transforming into melanoma. So moles don't cause cancer but can transform into cancer given the right conditions (sun exposure, family/genetic history. Etc.). Visit www. Skincancer. Org for more info. ...Read more

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Do all moles cause cancer eventually?

Do all moles cause cancer eventually?

NO: Most moles are benign and will never become cancer. They medical name for them is a nevus. ...Read more

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Do all asymetrical moles mean cancer?

Do all asymetrical moles mean cancer?

Not necessarily: We usually describe regular or irregular moles and also cancerous ones. Irregular or asymmetric moles usually can be bigger & raise more scrutiny when there are many. Any change in color, size, border, etc should be checked. Some regular moles can become irregular/asymmetric. Irregular moles may confer risk of melanoma elsewhere usually not themselves progressing to melanoma. Thorough derm eval! ...Read more

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Do all jagged edged moles mean cancer?

No: It is hard to know if your moles are concerning without an examination. It is concerning when moles change - change in size, color, become irregularly shaped, itch, bleed. Most moles are relatively easy to remove and test. Please see your primary doctor or a surgeon to see if this needs to be removed and tested. ...Read more

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Ate all moles with uneven boarder cancer?

No, and: You should see a qualified dermatologist if you have any concern. A biopsy is required for definitive diagnosis, but an exam by a dermatologist is prudent to see which moles require biopsy. ...Read more

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I scraped a mole now its gone what if it had cancer?

I scraped a mole now its gone what if it had cancer?

Grow back: I\just monitor the area and see what happens If it grows back then have it checked by a provider if not you do not need to worry ...Read more

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I have like a mole or something on my leg. Could it be cancer?

Hard to know: Without an exam it is hard to answer your question. It is concerning when moles change - change in size, color, become irregularly shaped, itch, bleed. Most moles are relatively easy to remove and test. Please see your primary doctor or a surgeon to see if this needs to be removed and tested. ...Read more

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I have a mole on my vagina, could it be cancer?

I have a mole on my vagina, could it be cancer?

Rarely: Very unusual place but melanoma rarely can occur in and around the vagina and rectum see you ob/gyn or family practioner. ...Read more

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If I eat a mole, can I get cancer?

If I eat a mole, can I get cancer?

Ugh: Neither the skin lesion nor the animal will give you cancer if you eat it. Not good eatin', though. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a mole is cancer?

How can you tell if a mole is cancer?

Change & pathology: A mole may turn into cancer, melanoma. The process is usually associated with enlargement, color change, change in borders, bleeding, ulceration, development of enlarged lymph nodes related to the site. Confirmation requires removal of the lesion and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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How are moles on your skin related to cancer?

Have new ones checkd: Although changes in our skin are normal as we age, if u notice new changes that r concerning have them looked at by your regular doctor. Most benign skin changes are easy to identify by looking at them. Skin cancer identification is defined by the a, b, c's. A- asymmetric shape. B- borders that are irregular, c-color (multiple colors are concerning) there are some more features but these r basics. ...Read more

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How much scratching on a mole to cause cancer?

How much scratching on a mole to cause cancer?

Get it off: You can scratch a mole all you want and it won't turn it into cancer. That's a myth -- it doesn't make sense biologically. But if the mole bothers you, have it taken off. Enough said? ...Read more

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more


Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Definition)

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