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Dysplastic Moles Vs Melanoma
No, they do not: Dysplastic nevi are considered a marker for melanoma risk but not a precursor lesion. Most melanomas arise on normal skin, not in a mole. Sometimes moles do develop melanoma & they start changing, one of the things we look for when suspecting melanoma. We look for abcde asymmetry, border irregularity, color irregularity & change or evolution in melanoma. Any changing mole needs to be seen by derm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more
Dysplastic nevus, or atypical moles, and they are benign lesions that resemble early melanoma, and about 1 in 10 million americans willmelanoma, what to do?
Watch carefully: Dysplastic nevi are potentially serious in that they can convert to infiltrating melanoma. In children with spitz nevus, they look malignant but never convert. In patients with neurofibromatosis there is a high incidence of dysplastic nevi and since many are present they are watched for changes in shape, darkening in color or redness around the lesion suggesting that they are converting. ...Read more
Derm noted 3 moles on back. All 3mm or under. One shade and pretty much round or oval. He said slightly dysplastic so best to remove now .. What does that mean ... Are they likely to be melanoma?
Never know: No one know for sure until a biopsy comes back, which provides definitive diagnosis. Melanoma often tends to be very dark. It sounds like you may have some "basic" lesions that just need to be evaluated further as recommended by your derm. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I get yearly skin screenings and will continue to do so. My question is about a previous excised mole. It was a moderate-severe atypical dysplastic nevus. I know having atypical moles can be a sign of increased chance of melanoma. I've also read that ma
Low risk: As long as the atypical nevus was excised with negative margins (normal skin at all edges), then you should be fine. Lower your risk of developing a new problem somewhere else by avoiding excessive sun exposure, or by using frequent applications of sunscreen if you must be out in the sun. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shave bio on mod dysplastic nevi, could melanoma grow without any visible signs on surface of skin?
My great uncle (moms side) has had recurrent melanoma. Since he is grandma's brother, do I add him to my family history? Lots of dysplastic nevi
Already family: What about you? Do you also have dysplastic nevi? Will you watch your skin / have someone watch your skin like a grown-up should? That's what really matters. Wishing you and your uncle the best. ...Read more
If I have dysplastic nevi syndrome and my brother in law had malignant melanoma do my children have any more risk of getting either one?
Yes: Your brother-in-law's genes won't tell anything about your children. Dysplastic nevus syndrome is usually autosomal dominant, passed to each child on a 50-50 chance. It's no reason to forego parenthood; just you be sure that you and all your kids keep a really close eye on your skin. Glad you're proactive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I used a needle and picked at a black mole, i think it's dysplastic nevi. Will this lead to skin cancer?
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
See a dermatologist: Definitely seek the opinion of your dermatologist. There are many mimics of melanoma. Luckily most existing moles do not evolve into melanoma. That said, most dermatologists will biopsy moles that have changed. "change" can mean it's color, size, shape, symptoms of itchiness, or even history of bleeding. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
Atypical nevi: Atypical moles(nevi), prescancerous nevi, dysplastic nevi are classified as mild, moderate and severe. After severe is melanoma. It is believed than normal moles go through this progression to become a melanoma. Thus, skin screening is important to pick up the precancerous nevi before they turn into melanoma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: In some cases, melanoma can present as an itching mole. If there is any thing left at the site, wether it is pigmented (black or brown) or not (pink), you should see your doctor for a check up and possible biopsy. If there is nothing left but you are still worried, go see your doctor. If there is nothing left and you are fine with it, observe clsoely for any thing that grows back. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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