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Are halo moles dangerous?

Are halo moles dangerous?

Halo: Halo moles are not uncommon. It is the darker mole itself that must be evaluated by a dermatologist to determine if an abnormal or cancerous mole is present. In many cases the mole is normal . Either way , have the lesion evaluated. ...Read more

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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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Are nevus spilus’ dangerous?

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No: Nevus spilus is a type of spotted mole with underlying light brown patch in the background. These are often present at birth, and may slowly enlarge as we grow, but almost never transform into skin cancer. ...Read more

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Are red moles cancerous?

Are red moles cancerous?

usually not: Black/brown moles are more likely to be cancerous. Most red ones do not change and are typically benign. But if the mole you have gets bigger , like more than one cm in size, then you should go see your doctor to be sure that it is benign. ...Read more

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Are moles on toes dangerous?

Are moles on toes dangerous?

If malignant: yes, if benign no…..doc can help you decide via dermoscopy or biopsy. ...Read more

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Can getting noncancerous moles removed prevent melanoma?

Can getting noncancerous moles removed prevent melanoma?

NO: It only accomplishes removal of the moles. One prevents melanoma by careful avoidance of sun damage as a youth (think of the teen years), not using tobacco products and having a negative family history. If you have many moles, it is wise to seek an annual dermatology consultation with biopsy of suspicious lesions. ...Read more

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Are all large moles cancerous?

Are all large moles cancerous?

No : However, recommend annual head to toe evaluation of skin & nails to insure that no skin lesions appear to be consistent with malignancy. ...Read more

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Are all asymmetrical moles melanoma?

Are all asymmetrical moles melanoma?

No: Asymmetry is one sign of melanoma (along with non-smooth borders, color, and size (diameter= abcd). But many benign moles are asymmetric, as well. Have it checked out. If a melanoma, the office visit may be life saving - if benign, you will be reassured and can stop worrying. ...Read more

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Does irregularly on moles always resemble melanoma?

Does irregularly on moles always resemble melanoma?

ABCDEFG: No. Only one of danger signs. ABCDEFG danger signs: Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Colour variation, Diameter >6 mm, Elevated, Firm, Growing progressively for a month or more. See a dermatologist to make sure mole is safe. ...Read more

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Are moles with irregular borders always cancerous?

Are moles with irregular borders always cancerous?

Follow-up: Moles should be photographed and followed by a dermatologist. Irregular borders are not always cancerous. Careful follow-up and observation for redness, ulceration, or pigment spillage are concerning. Please see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is subungual melanoma dangerous?

Is subungual melanoma dangerous?

Yes: If you have an area beneath your nail that is dark, and doesn't resolve like a bruise normally would, then please get it assessed. ...Read more

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Can a birthmark mole become malignant?

Can a birthmark mole become malignant?

Maliganat % of mole: There are a small % of birthmarks that have the potential of becoming cancerous. Best to see a doctor in person for examination. ...Read more

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Are all asymmetrical moles malignant?

No: Bu enough are so that it's worth evaluating. If a pigmented lesion is questionable, do get it seen. ...Read more

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Can sunbeds create moles and make moles grow?

Yes and no.: Tanning beds can create lentigines ("sun spots"), which are not really moles, but look somewhat like them. We don't know for sure whether they cause moles to grow, but there is increasing evidence that they can cause melanomas (a type of skin cancer), and perhaps cause benign moles to turn into melanomas. There is dispute about this, but until we know for sure, stay away. ...Read more

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Can skin tags be dangerous?

Can skin tags be dangerous?

No.: Skin tags are small 'natural' benign growths appear in skin folds like neck, armpits(axillae), under-breasts and groin. Harmless. ...Read more

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Are halo moles (white circle around mole) dangerous for your health?

Are halo moles (white circle around mole) dangerous for your health?

Depends: On your age and history. Most halo nevi (moles) occur in young people and represent the body's immune mchanism getting rid of the moles. However, the immune system can also attack cancerous moles (melanoma) and give a halo-like appearance. Best to have all halo nevi evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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Are black moles dangerous? What do they mean?

Sometimes: Aad malignant melanoma: 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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Are raised moles more likely to turn into melanoma than flat moles?

Are raised moles more likely to turn into melanoma than flat moles?

Probably not: You may watch and wait. If the mole doubles in size, becomes irregular in size, shape or color, bleeds, ulcerates or develops a nodule, see a doctor. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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How often do irregular moles turn into melanoma?

How often do irregular moles turn into melanoma?

Moles and Melanoma: Moles that have asymmetry, border irregularity, color changes or that increase in size should be evaluated to rule out melanoma. Visual inspection is not completely accurate and must often be supplemented with a biopsy to make a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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How dangerous are tornadoes?

Very dangerous: Tornadoes are extremely dangerous. A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. They are capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees and hurling heavy objects through the air. ...Read more

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Nevi (Definition)

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