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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. ...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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Is a mole always cancerous?

Is a mole always cancerous?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How to tell if my mole is cancerous?

How to tell if my mole is cancerous?

Derm eval: AAD Malignant Melanoma screening: 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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you have a cancerous mole?

How do you tell if you have a cancerous mole?

You can't: But your dermatologist can.
We usually use an abcde guideline: a means asymmetrical lesion, b, border irregularity, c, color changed, d, diameter larger than 6mm and e, elevated lesion.
If all abcde shown on one particular lesion: the "mole" might be bad. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a cancerous mole?

How do you know if you have a cancerous mole?

By biopsy: AAD Malignant Melanoma screening: 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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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, . ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Doesn't a cancerous mole have to grow or change in size?

Doesn't a cancerous mole have to grow or change in size?

Yes: They keep growing. They need to come out. See dermatologist. ...Read more

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When should I be concerned about whether a mole is cancerous?

When should I be concerned about whether a mole is cancerous?

Several factors: If the lesion is larger than a pencil eraser, irregular edges, strange or color variations, assymetric, growing size or lesion bleeds. Any of these features then dermatology should see. No sure fire way without a biopsy. ...Read more

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When a mole grows, is it cancerous? Or can it be non cancerous?

When a mole grows, is it cancerous? Or can it be non cancerous?

It can be either: A changing mole raises suspicion that it could be melanoma, yet not all moles which are removed under such a suspicion turn out to be melanoma. The typical yield of melanoma in such biopsies is 1 in 5 turns out to be melanoma. So if a mole grows, you should show it to your doctor or seek opinion from a dermatologist. They may chose to biopsy it there and then or observe closely for some more time. ...Read more

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If a person has a cancerous mole can they cut it off themselves?

If a person has a cancerous mole can they cut it off themselves?

Self Surgery=Danger!: You have got to be kidding !!!
Even a physician that does surgery on themselves has a fool for their surgeon. - Need I say more? ...Read more

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When a mole hurts when you itch it does that mean it's cancerous?

When a mole hurts when you itch it does that mean it's cancerous?

Concerning: Moles that start to itch, scab, or bleed should be brought to the attention of your friendly dermatologist. ...Read more

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What happens if i remove a mole at home & that mole was cancerous?

What happens if i remove a mole at home & that mole was cancerous?

Only God knows what: First, you should never do this as you can only complicate your life and make it impossible for your doctor to tell what was this lesion in the first place...It may have been benign or a melanoma...If it was a brown or black mole(red ones are usually benign). If it was a cancer, it may reappear in the same spot or in th nearby areas like skin or lymph nodes draining the skin of this area.
Good luc. ...Read more

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I have a mole that im almost positive is cancerous. What should I do first?

I have a mole that im almost positive is cancerous. What should I do first?

Mole removal: A small injection of numbing medicine such as Lidocaine is used prior to the procedure. An instrument is then used to remove the mole ( this is painless now that area is numb) sometimes stitches are placed other times the area is allowed to heal on its own. Talk to a dermatologist to determine which technique is best for certain moles in certain locations. ...Read more

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How long would it take for a changing mole to become cancerous and spread?

How long would it take for a changing mole to become cancerous and spread?

It's moot: If a mole is changing, or shows any sign of being a melanoma, you need to make an appointment and be seen now. I would not accept a waiting period of more than two weeks, and would try to be seen at once. Progression from a benign-looking mole into a lesion capable of metastasizing is known to take as little as a few months. Get seen now. ...Read more

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Please give me an example of the borders of a normal mole & that of cancerous one?

1 vs. 5 mm: When a benign nevus has fetures suggesting that transformation may eventually occur, a margin of 1-2 mm will suffice to guarantee complete removal. When there is a melanoma to be resected, depending on size, that is greater than 4mm thick and wide diameter, a margin of at least 5mm to 1 cm. may be necessary to guarantee complete removal of peripheral malignant cells to prevent local recur. ...Read more

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If i've had one cancerous mole how much does that increase my chance of having more?

If you have had skin: Cancer you have approximately a 35% chance of getting another skin cancer. If you have any new growths or change in appearance of a mole, you should see your family doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can touching a mole constantly or picking at it cause it to get bigger or turn cancerous?

Possibly: Most of the time, it would just predispose to infection/cellulitis. If constantly done, the inflammation associated with picking at it might cause a slight increase in propensity for cancer. So, just leave it alone or have it removed by your doctor or 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


Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Definition)

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