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What characteristics will a cancerous mole likely have?

What characteristics will a cancerous mole likely have?

ABCDE's of mole chec: Atypical moles that resemble melanoma often has one or all of the following characteristics: a for asymmetry; b for irregular borders; c for lots of different colors (or shades of brown); d for rapidly growing diameter; e for evolving or changing mole.

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Is a mole always cancerous?

Is a mole always cancerous?

Mole: The vast majority of moles are not cancerous and never will become cancerous.

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Cancerous mole on my back?

Cancerous mole on my back?

See a dermatologist: If there is a concern you should see your physician or a dermatologist.

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How does a cancerous mole look?

How does a cancerous mole look?

ABCD: Just remember the abc's. A- asymmetric or irregular b- bleeds c- color changes d- diameter or size enlargement.

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How to tell if my mole is cancerous?

ABCD/mole: Is what you should google, and they even show pictures. Briefly, border symmetry, color variation, growth both radial and verticle. Your doctor and the a dermatologist skilled in melanom is next step.

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How do you know if a mole is cancerous?

How do you know if a mole is cancerous?

ABCD: I agree that biopsy is the only sure way to tell what it is. Signs to look for on skin lesions are asymmetry, border irregularity, color unevenness, diameter >6 mm.

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What does having a cancerous mole mean?

What does having a cancerous mole mean?

Cancer: It needs to be biopsied or completely removed by a physician. It then needs to be checked under the microscope by a pathologist to determine the type of cancer and how deep it invades the skin and underlying tissues. Some skin cancers, especially melanoma, have the ability to spread to distant parts of the body. You need more information from the doctors involved with this case.

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How is a cancerous mole usually removed?

How is a cancerous mole usually removed?

Surgically: When a mole is clinically suspicious of being worrisome for melanoma it is biopsied. The biopsy will usually provide a precise diagnosis and will help guide the treatment which can be surgical excision of the mole with an extra 5 mm of skin all around to a couple of centimeters of skin including possible sentinel lymph node biopsy if the cancer is more evolved. Early detection & removal cures!

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What does it mean if my mole is cancerous?

Treatment: Cancerous mole may be cured by surgical resection of a localized lesion. If it has already spread, the patient may need chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy.

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How do you tell if you have a cancerous mole?

How do you tell if you have a cancerous mole?

It depends: There are several things that should alert you to seek medical attention. If the mole becomes asymmetric or boarders are irregular or changes color or diameter increase then a biopsy might be needed to rule out cancer. Other things to watch for include: pain, itching, bleeding, ulceration or scaly appearance.

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How do you know if you have a cancerous mole?

How do you know if you have a cancerous mole?

See a doctor: See a doctor to have the mole looked at. If they are concerned, they will biopsy or send you to a dermatologist to look at. The only way to know if it is cancerous or not is to biopsy and send to a lab for microscopic evaluation.

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Is it possible to tell if a mole is cancerous?

Experts can look: And tell, but still biopsy or excise. Appearance, bleeding, color change, depth, expansion radially are all characteristics of melanoma. Some basal cells are pigmented. Why internet? Go see a malignancy astute dermatologist. I would.

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What will happen if cancerous mole goes untreated?

Spreads: The rule for all tumors is that if you leave them alone they will grow on you. Melanoma or a malignant mole can rapidly spread to lymph nodes and then disseminate to every known organ in the body. It can produce satellites adjacent to the primary, ulcerate and bleed. In rare instances spontaneous regression is seen probably because of shedding of tumor protein into the skin inducing immunity.

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What's a good way to check if my mole is cancerous?

What's a good way to check if my mole is cancerous?

Biopsy: Most doctors can tell a non-cancerous mole from one that might be cancerous. You could look up pictures on the web if you don't want to see your doctor. But if you are really worried show him/her next chance you get. Moles which are rough, increasing in size, or bleed or have areas of different color are suspicious. Smooth round flat stable ones are not very suspicious.

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Can a mole grow in size yet still not be cancerous?

Yes, but it is a: Good reason to have the mole examined and may be even removed for examination by a pathologist.

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How do you tell if a mole on your back is cancerous?

How do you tell if a mole on your back is cancerous?

Biopsy and pathology: Your clinician may be able to look at the lesion, either by the naked eye or with the help of tools such as a dermatoscope, to see if the mole has worrisome features. Whether the mole has changed in size or color is important for your clinician to know. If there is persistent concern, the lesion should be conservatively but completely excised to be examined under a microscope by a pathologist.

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Can you tell if a mole is cancerous by looking at it?

You can't: But an expert can narrow it down fairly well, but still needs to be biopsies or excised if suspicious, .

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How long does it take for a mole to become cancerous?

How long does it take for a mole to become cancerous?

Hard to say: There are many kinds of pigmented lesions that are called moles. Most are absolutely benign, so I can't give a time frame. There are estimates of how long it takes different types of early melanomas to become invasive, but that's a long answer. The best thing to do is to see your doctor and have a skin check. Tell them about any moles that worry you, so that you can be relieved.

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How long can a mole itch before it becomes cancerous?

How long can a mole itch before it becomes cancerous?

Mole: Most moles are benign, and symptoms such as itching do not necessarily indicate that they will become malignant. Suspicious lesions should be watched closely for changes, and biopsied or excised if they develop concerning features. See your doctor for a proper exam, and treatment as indicated.

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