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Is it normal for moles to get bigger when you tan? Going to stop tanning btw.

Is it normal for moles to get bigger when you tan? Going to stop tanning btw.

No, it's not: And any mole that is changing is suspicious for development of melanoma. You should definitely see someone for this. And you should definitely stop tanning----yesterday! Don't pick at or scratch the mole, and apply high-powered sunscreen everywhere. ...Read more

Tanning (Definition)

Tanning refers to attending exposing oneself to the sun, or a tanning salon, for the purpose of darkening the skin, for cosmetic reasons. Occasionally, tanning is for medical reasons to relieve some symptoms ...Read more


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I had a changing mole removed last week and I am still waiting on results. I am 26 with a history of heavy tanning. Is it abnormal for a biopsy to take this long?

I had a changing mole removed last week and I am still waiting on results. I am 26 with a history of heavy tanning. Is it abnormal for a biopsy to take this long?

Can take time: Pathology reports can take time as some specimens have to be stained and handled in certain ways. It is not unusual to ake a while for a biopsy report. ...Read more

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I have new moles growing where I had two blistering sun burns from the tanning bed. Could they be cancerous?

I have new moles growing where I had two blistering sun burns from the tanning bed. Could they be cancerous?

I would have: These evaluated by a dermatologist. Can't know if they are malignant without a biopsy. Please don't use a tanning bed. ...Read more

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How likely is it to get skin melanoma when you're 20? No family history, no tanning bed use, few sunburns as a kid (no recent ones), 50+ tiny moles.

How likely is it to get skin melanoma when you're 20? No family history, no tanning bed use, few sunburns as a kid (no recent ones), 50+ tiny moles.

Unlikely: The risks for melanoma are: red hair, fair skin, light eyes, numerous freckles, a family history of melanoma or non-invasive skin cancer, many moles(>50), elderly men, white males>50 all have higher risks. So ur risk is very low. If worried u shd see a dermatologist who can examine u and reassure even more. ...Read more

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What causes a mole to itch?

What causes a mole to itch?

Itchy mole: Dryness, trauma, healing from trauma, infection, etc. ...Read more

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What causes a partial mole?

What causes a partial mole?

Partial molar preg: Partial molar pregnancy. An egg is fertilized by two sperm. The placenta becomes the molar growth. Any fetal tissue that forms is likely to have severe defects. ...Read more

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Can a problem with blood cause moles?

Can a problem with blood cause moles?

No not likely: If there is a suppressed immune system, there are reports of eruption of multiple moles. ...Read more

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What causes (normal) moles to be raised vs. flat moles?

What causes (normal) moles to be raised vs. flat moles?

Moles: Some have thicker base and are raised. Depends on the genes turned on in the mole. Show to your Dr. ...Read more

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Cause pain (but not constant) around an asymmetrical mole?

Cause pain (but not constant) around an asymmetrical mole?

See a Derm: Any time you have an asymmetrical mole and especially one that is causing pain, you should see a dermatologist for a check. That may need a biopsy, excision or to watch it, depending on what they think. ...Read more

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What would cause a regular mole to turn black within 24 hours?

What would cause a regular mole to turn black within 24 hours?

Trauma: Minor trauma might make a lighter colored lesion have a little bleeding and turn darker. My own basal cell skin cancer did exactly this and had it not happened I might have ignored it. I was shocked at the diagnosis, but glad I went and glad I had it removed. ...Read more

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Can moles be bigger than a pencil eraser? What causes them to grow?

Can moles be bigger than a pencil eraser? What causes them to grow?

Yes: Moles can be small or large. If your moles are growing, at age 44, you need to have them evaluated by a physician and possibly removed. ...Read more

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Does suntanning cause moles? I have hundreds of them and used to tan a lot

Not moles: Freckles yes. But if they are moles you need to see a good a dermatologist soon. ...Read more

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What are the causes of pain and feeling of discomfort on the back around a mole?

Get it checked: It could be that the mole is irritated by friction with your undergarments or other clothing. It is possible that it is infected. Another possibility is that the mole may be an area of skin cancer that is evolving and growing to a depth that is associated with sensory nerve irritation. Get this looked at by your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have noticed around 40 moles on my back and trunk suddenly. What could be the cause?

I have noticed around 40 moles on my back and trunk suddenly. What could be the cause?

It would: Be very unusual for multiple moles to appear quickly. Best bet is to see a dermatologist for a comprehensive skin check. ...Read more

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If a skin mole is accidentaly scraped (in a fall etc.) off or accidentaly shaved off is this a cause for worry?

If a skin mole is accidentaly scraped (in a fall etc.) off or accidentaly shaved off is this a cause for worry?

Mole: Once it heals see a dermatologist to evaluate remaining mole. If it appears abnormal a biopsy is needed. Often times the mole that was irritated heals fine. ...Read more

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Last month I noticed, that my skin moles are a little bigger than I had usually.what may cause this? I didn't get sunbathe or smth to irritate moles.

Sometimes: Moles can grow spontaneously. If they are growing, you should show them to your doctor to make sure that they are not malignant melanomas. ...Read more

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What causes moles?

They are natural: Moles, "nevi", also called "beauty marks" are pigmented skin growths that usually appear at a very young age but can become more apparent with further growth. The vast majority are totally benign and don't require treatment. Rarely, if a mole changes suddenly, consult with a dermatologist for possible biopsy as abnormal cells may be present. ...Read more

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What causes Moles?

What causes Moles?

They just happen: They actually result from a couple of mutations happening in a single cell of the nerve sheath family -- schwann cell or actual melanocyte depending on the kind of mole. These lesions are subclassified into lentigos, several types of common nevi, and a bunch of others. Common nevi and lentigos are more common if you got sunburns as a kid. There's a genetic component. Watch your nevi closely. ...Read more

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Curious what is the cause of moles?

Curious what is the cause of moles?

Don't know: We really don't don't know why people have a few or many moles. Genetics must play a very important role. Heavy sunexposure induces some in light-skin-colored people. ...Read more

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What are the causes of darkening moles?

Get it evaluated: If a mole changes color, it must be evaluated and probably removed. Color changes may indicate a melanoma. See a dermatologist now. ...Read more

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Can pollution cause people to grow moles on their body?

Can pollution cause people to grow moles on their body?

Sun Exposure: In genetically predisposed individuals, sun exposure will increase the number and size of moles. Air pollution can cause other problems including exacerbation of asthma. ...Read more

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I might have accidently scratched off the top of one of my moles? What do I need to do? And will this cause any serious damage? Thank you!

Moles: Usually this is not an issue. Repeated trauma (by scratching) may cause problems — namely cancer of the skin. Most moles are normal unless they get very hairy, have irregular edges, have redness on the edges and start increasing. ...Read more

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Why do moles cause cancer?

Why do moles cause cancer?

They can change!: Melanoma is a skin cancer that involves the cells which produce pigment. Moles on our skin also contain the same cells so when they change and appear worrisome (the abcde's) we worry about those cells transforming into melanoma. So moles don't cause cancer but can transform into cancer given the right conditions (sun exposure, family/genetic history. Etc.). Visit www.Skincancer. Org for more info. ...Read more

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Do all moles cause cancer eventually?

Do all moles cause cancer eventually?

NO: Most moles are benign and will never become cancer. They medical name for them is a nevus. ...Read more

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What is the cause of dry scaly moles?

Sunlight: Exposure can effect the upper layers of the skin (epidermis) andcause changes resulting in a process called "actinic keratosis" which can appear as a dry scaly "mole". ...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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Nevi (Definition)

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