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Cancerous Moles Signs
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
ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possible: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful answer without examining the lesions. However, basal cell carcinoma may present as a white nodule. It would be prudent to see a doctor for evaluation. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Nope: Most moles are not cancerous, and will not turn into cancer. Melanomas are dangerous, and can look like a mole. Watch for moles w/ abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole like that, get it checked out asap. Any skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get seen as well. ...Read moreSee 13 more doctor answers
Most often not!: There are many different moles or lesions that present on the skin during a persons lifetime. The vast majority are benign and of no consequence except for maybe appearance concerns. However there are certain moles or skin lesions that need to be evaluated because of their characteristics. Color changes, inflammation, enlargement are all things that should be checked by a physician ...Read more
Dermatolog said my mole was normal(a year ago)but it has shrunk in size a bit.No other signs of melanoma.Should I be worried?Is this normal?Cancerous?
How am i supposed to know if a mole or a freckle is just that or in fact signs of melanoma cancer?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mole that I had forever on my right arm it has grown and I had a little sunburn yesterday it looks non cancerous is this a bad sign?
Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining the lesion. Any mole that has grown should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more
If a mole is sometimes itching but itching isn't persistent, this could be a sign of skin cancer? Knowing that the mole isn't perfectly symmetrical
I have a few small dark moles that are raised now but weren't before. They don't have any other signs of melanoma. Should they be checked for cancer?
Picked on a mole consistently thinking it was a scab and it ended up creating an actual scab and disappearing after peeling. Is this a sign of malignancy or can this occur? can picking cause cancer?
Not really: This can occur either way if recurs seek a doctor for wide excision. Otherwise you shaved a mole without a doctor. I all is well and this helped. ...Read more
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?
Plantar mole: There are 3 types basal cell squamous cell and melanoma. The back and buttocks are more common areas for melanoma but it can occur anywhere on scalp in the eye ( eye pigment) .Sun exposure, nevi are risks .Squamous cell can also occur in sun exposed, injury/scarring/irritation is also a risk . Basal cell occurs in sun exposed area. f/u w/ dermatology early removal can avoid development to cancer ...Read more
I have a little dark reddish ball of skin under my right arm pit. Cant tell if its a mole or skin tag..It hurts, is this a sign of it being cancerous?
Can't tell: Lesions can not really be diagnosed over the computer and one would never know for sure what it is without an exam. Generally speaking though, it sounds more like an irritated skin tag. But, as stated, have it looked at by a dr. For a definitive diagnosis, good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
One of my moles recently started to bleed. Is that a sign of skin cancer? I'm a red head with very pale skin.
I have a mole on my left arm that feels bruised and the bruised feeling goes all the way around. Could this be a sign of skin cancer?
Probably not: There are many signs that could suggest that a mole could be cancerous. The usual signs of trouble are increasing size, change in coloration, bleeding, and change in shape. The sensation of "bruising" is not usually a sign of cancer. You should have this looked at by a qualified physician. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers