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Characteristics Of A Cancerous Mole
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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.
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!See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but it is a: Good reason to have the mole examined and may be even removed for examination by a pathologist.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
You can't: But an expert can narrow it down fairly well, but still needs to be biopsies or excised if suspicious, .See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Yes: They keep growing. They need to come out. See dermatologist.See 1 more doctor answer
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