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Mole grew to ~1mm over few months. Derm wasn't worried at all. But over the year, I see some slight changes in color/shape, not size. Concerning?

Mole grew to ~1mm over few months. Derm wasn't worried at all. But over the year, I see some slight changes in color/shape, not size. Concerning?

One mm is really: pretty tiny. When moles change is size that can be concerning . This is quite tiny to be fretting about a malignancy. We can't visualize your lesion =so the only person who can give you a proper assessment and diagnosis will be your dermatologist. ...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


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A small mole (size of a pea) on my breast changed shape and now looks flowery like a mushroom. Should I be concerned?

A small mole (size of a pea) on my breast changed shape and now looks flowery like a mushroom. Should I be concerned?

Yes: A change in the size, shape, pigmentation, ulceration, bleeding etc in a mole warrants immediate consultation with your doctor for a proper diagnosis especially to exclude malignant melanoma. See your doctor asap, good luck! ...Read more

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I have 4 splotches [0.5"diameter] that are the color of a mole or "beauty mark" on my upper abdomen. Are changes in shape/size because of weight loss normal?

I have 4 splotches [0.5"diameter] that are the color of a mole or "beauty mark" on my upper abdomen. Are changes in shape/size because of weight loss normal?

Have them examined: Any spots or lesions changing in size, shape, color, irritability (itching, stinging, etc) may indicate the site is becoming active. Should be examined by you doctor or dermatologist to get recommendation. Removal and testing may be indicated to find out what the changes might be. ...Read more

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I picked in a mole 4 years ago it came back exact size and shape and color is there any need to be worried ?

I picked in a mole 4 years ago it came back exact size and shape and color is there any need to be worried ?

Mole check: when in doubt- see a dermatologist for a definitive biopsy. Without a photo or examination, it is impossible to diagnose. ...Read more

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I've noticed this mole back in June 2015, it has a red border, it doesn't hurt or anything, it has not changed in color or size. Should I be worried?

Yes, if it's new: in June 2015. You are a bit old to be developing new moles, and with this red border it is not the "standard" variety. Don't take any chances with moles please. See your primary. ...Read more

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I have had a mole that has been brown in color and small. Today I noticed that it has grown in size, is an irregular shape and is red. Should I worry?

Traumatized mole : Have it checked by a dermatologist. It may have gotten irritated or scratched causing it to look more inflamed and may be being. But make sure it is not a cancerous mole, especially if you have history or family history of skin cancers.wear sunblock daily. ...Read more

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Once u scrape a mole does it look darker for acouple months then go back to its original size and shape? -My scrape got better just a little redness.

Post inflammatory: Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a common and normal response during the healing process. When traumatized skin heals, redness, followed by dark discoloration often occurs. With time, the site will usually resume normal coloration to match the surrounding skin. ...Read more

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Hi! I have a mole which is very painful. The pain started yesterday. No change of shape, no bleeding, no change of color, just the pain.

Painful Mole: Go get it removed this week. Do not wait. Even if it stops hurting. My cousin died of melanoma in his early 40's, don't put it off. ...Read more

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Hi, is it possible to remove big sized irregular shaped white mole present on the face. If possible then could you suggest the treatment name.

Hi, is it possible to remove big sized irregular shaped white mole present on the face.
If possible then could you suggest the treatment name.

Plastic surgery: It is best to try plastic surgery but see a dermatologist first to make an accurate diagnosis. It is important for dermatologists and plastic surgeons to work together ...Read more

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Worried abt a dark mole on my hip that's 5mm and slightly irregular in shape. It hasn't grown, & I don't think it's changed, but maybe? How to know?

Dark mole: If the dark mole isn't new, and hasn't changed it is probably fine. That said to keep an eye on it take a picture. You should also let your doctor take a look. If there is a personal or family history of abnormal moles it is a very simple to perform a quick biopsy in the office to remove and diagnose the lesion. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Approx 3 mm mole, flat, brown,one color, irregular shape and border .Been at least a year.Likely longer. No change that I know, melanoma chance?

Approx 3 mm mole, flat, brown,one color, irregular shape and border .Been at least a year.Likely longer. No change that I know, melanoma chance?

Biopsy: 32 yo lady with a question about a pigmented lesion. Irregular shape and border are concerning findings when it comes to pigmented lesions. Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, and Evolution=ABCDE Here is a link to the CDC website on skin cancer. If a lesion is suspicious, a dermatologist can take a biopsy so a pathologist can look at the cells under the microscope for definitive answer. Good luck ...Read more

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