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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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My mole on face is irritated before and now it has some fat granule around the mole(seen doctor and he say fine)The fat granule is grey and will fade?

My mole on face is irritated before and now it has some fat granule around the mole(seen doctor and he say fine)The fat granule is grey and will fade?

Watch your moles!: Thank you for your question. Moles on the face or otherwise may become irritated, however the description of a "fat granule" is not clear to me. It is good you have had the mole evaluated by a medical practitioner but it is wise to continue to monitor the mole for any further changes. If there are any changes or irregularities it would be critical that the mole be re-evaluated. ...Read more

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Do you think I should go to the doctor or a dermatologist to get an abnormal mole checked?

Do you think I should go to the doctor or a dermatologist to get an abnormal mole checked?

Skin check : See a dermatologist to evaluate and treat any suspicious skin mole or growth. A dermatologist is trained to diagnose and treat diseases of the skin, hair , and nails. ...Read more

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What is the process of having a cancerous mole checked / removed? Do doctors usually just remove it?

What is the process of having a cancerous mole checked / removed?  Do doctors usually just remove it?

Yes: If you have a lot of moles it's a good idea to have a full body skin exam performed once a year or so. If you have a family history of skin cancer or personal history of skin cancer then you should be seen twice a year. If a mole looks suspicious then the doctor will usually remove it and send it to a pathologist for diagnosis. When in doubt, take it out. ...Read more

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Shave biopsy on mole. Derm used dermatoscope & said it was scratched. Biopsy not atypical w/ inflammation. Doc wanted 3 more slides to 2x check. Why?

Shave biopsy on mole. Derm used dermatoscope & said it was scratched. Biopsy not atypical w/ inflammation. Doc wanted 3 more slides to 2x check. Why?

Not sure: When you say "doc wanted 3 more slides to 2x check" I am not sure what you mean. Did you mean the doctor wanted to do another procedure on you to "confirm" the diagnosis? Or did he want the pathologist to take more sections from the same specimen? Sometimes "inflamed" moles can look pretty worrisome and the pathologist will take more samples from the whole specimen. ...Read more

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Have new mole in the center of mons pubis. Its lumpy and dark pink. I have actinic keratosis. Should i tell doc at skin check next week? Embarrassed.

Have new mole in the center of mons pubis. Its lumpy and dark pink. I have actinic keratosis. Should i tell doc at skin check next week? Embarrassed.

Have it biopsied.: Anyone with a history of atypical moles who develops new moles with scaliness and itching should have it biopsied. The redness around the mole may represent inflammation from scratching it or more remote possibility of an infection. See your pcp or your plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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I have been getting a lot of moles lately. soon I'll be going to the doctor to see if I have melanoma. how do they check?

I have been getting a lot of moles lately. soon I'll be going to the doctor to see if I have melanoma. how do they check?

Yes: Any changes in your moles should be brought to the attention of your friendly dermatologist. Remember the ABCDE's of melanoma. Melanoma that is caught in the earliest of stages is highly treatable. ...Read more

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Which process do doctors follow to check you moles?

Mole check : A dermatologist typically uses bright light to carefully inspect the skin from head to toe including the scalp, eyes , mouth, and nails. Sometimes a magnifier or black light is used. ...Read more

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When going to check for skin moles, will the doctor even check your private parts if there are skin moles?

Skin cancer : Since some skin cancers , especially melanoma may involve non sun exposed areas, it is wise to have such areas examined by the dermatologist. ...Read more

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Will doctor be having to excise mole?

Depends: Moles are common and malignancy in moles is very uncommon. Your doctor will examine the color, shape, height and character of a mole together with information about the length of time it is there, growth pattern, sun exposure, symptoms such as itching, pain, bleeding. He will then use his medical judgement of risks to determine if excision is warranted. ...Read more

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Doctor removed a mole and sent to have biopsy. Should i be worried?

Do not worry.: Worrying will get you nowhere. Wait for the results. ...Read more

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I have a mole in the lacrimal i want to remove what doctor shoul i go to ?

Ophthalmologist: Start with your general ophthalmologist. Most of them are trained to remove such a pigmented lesion. They might recommend and oculoplastic surgeon or corneal surgeon to remove this mole. ...Read more

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