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Does Tanning Cause Moles
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
I have new moles growing where I had two blistering sun burns from the tanning bed. Could they be cancerous?
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
Moles: Some have thicker base and are raised. Depends on the genes turned on in the mole. Show to your Dr. ...Read more
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
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
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
I got a mole removed about a month ago and it is now starting to grow back. It was benign when checked. Is this cause for concern?
Cosmetic: IF the lesion was benign, the major concern is cosmetic. See surgeon who may take a bit more off. ...Read more
Mole 3mm rounded brown scraped off in fall. Normal skin grew back with no mole. Any cause for concern? What to do re this?
Not much: Keep an eye on that spot but sounds like you did your own lesion removal! ...Read more
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.
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
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
Is it normal for new moles to appear during adulthood, or is this a cause for concern? They are medium brown and not very big
Yes: It is normal but you should see a dermatologist for a complete body mole check ...Read more
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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