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How can i tell the difference between a mole and a freckle?

How can i tell the difference between a mole and a freckle?

Why do you ask?: Freckles darken and lighten depending on sun exposure and occur in groups. A lentigo is a solitary dark spot that's flat. A nevus tends to be larger than a lentigo and may be palpable. The latter two are often called "moles". A pathologist can tell the difference on biopsy. It's more important that you be able to recognize lesions suspicions for melanoma and get them off promptly. ...Read more

Freckle (Definition)

A freckle is a small brown spot on your skin, caused by sun exposure. Use your abcde's to tell the difference between a freckle and skin cancer. A=asymmetry. B=border [irregular]. C=color [irregular]. D=diameter [larger than a pencil eraser]. E=evolving [change in color, size, height, new symptoms like bleeding, itching or crusting]. These are danger signs that ...Read more


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What's difference between moles and freckles?

What's difference between moles and freckles?

Moles and freckles: Freckles are small brown spots usually found on the face and arms. Freckles are extremely common and are not a health threat. They are more often seen in the summer, especially among lighter-skinned people and people with light or red hair.Moles are growths on the skin that are usually brown or black. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a keloid and a mole?

What is the difference between a keloid and a mole?

Big difference. : Moles are benign lesions that stable over time but may grow slowly. If they suddenly change, a biopsy may be recommended.

Keloids grow and be one larger over time and generally associated with trauma or injury or inflammation.

The keloid in the photo has been treated whereas the other smaller pigmented lesions appear more similar to moles. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a complete and a partial hydatidiform mole?

What is the difference between a complete and a partial hydatidiform mole?

Genetics + more: A complete mole is formed when a sperm fertilizes an empty egg & duplicates, or when two sperm fertilize an empty egg. It has 46 chromosomes(all paternal). A partial mole develops when two sperm(or one sperm that duplicates) fertilize an egg & has 69 chromosomes. Fetal parts are usually only found in partial moles. Complete moles inc risk for choriocarcinoma(a type of tumor) more than partial moles. ...Read more

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What is the clinical difference b/t a mole and a lentigo? Are lentigo smaller than moles? Lighter? Are moles elevated more often? How do you tell?

What is the clinical difference b/t a mole and a lentigo? Are lentigo smaller than moles? Lighter? Are moles elevated more often? How do you tell?

A big answer: A tough one to answer in such a short space. A mole is a benign growth of pigment producing cells (melanocytes). A lentigo (aka liver spot) is similar but more due to an increased amount of pigment in the bottom layer of the epidermis. Moles are often elevated but don't have to be so. Lentigos are usually flat but can also be raised. Seeing a dermatologist can help you sort this out. Helpful? ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a mole and a dysplastic nevus?

How to tell the difference between a mole and a dysplastic nevus?

Biopsy is only: way to tell for sure. A qualified dermatologist can usually tell the difference between a benign or suspicious lesion in the majority of cases, so you should see one if your mole has changed appearance or increased in size. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a severely atypical mole and melanoma?

The difference is...: That atypia in a mole (or nevus) is generally thought to represent a premalignant change but not an invasive malignancy. A melanoma is a malignant tumor that can invade surrounding tissue and metastasize (spread) to other organs and lymph nodes. The difference is premalignant vs. Malignant. ...Read more

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What's the difference between nodular melanoma and a regular mole?

What's the difference between nodular melanoma and a regular mole?

Melanoma: Melanoma is a potentially serious form of skin cancer. A regular mole is not a skin cancer and rarely regresses into a skin cancer. ...Read more

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How do I find what's the difference between a mole, skin tag, and cancer?

How do I find what's the difference between a mole, skin tag, and cancer?

A biopsy: A skin tag tends to look like a grainof rice or small tag coming from the skin they are no cancerous more common in overweight persons with redundant folds of skin the neck and axilla are common places.
A mole is a growth of cells on the skin normally bening but some can change and that is why you should see a dermatologist. Moles tend to be round smoothed walled and ma have hairs. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a punch biopsy and shave biopsy for mole removal?

Depth: The main difference is depth. In punch biopsy you try to get as much depth as possible while in a shave you try to scrape the lesion without going too deep. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a regular mole and a dysplastic nevus? both had the potential to become malignant.

What's the difference between a regular mole and a dysplastic nevus? both had the potential to become malignant.

D. Nevi vs. melanoma: Any skin color can have nevi, but they are harder to follow on dark skin. Nevi, pigmented lesions, can change color, itch, bleed, or have irregular borders. They are on the spectrum from dysplastic nevus to malignant melanoma. Some people have many nevi and are at higher risk of getting a melanoma, especially with family history. Sun Protective clothing is key: sunscreen doesn't block melanoma. ...Read more

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Can dermatologists tell the difference between a normal mole and nodular melanoma?

Yes: There is a big difference between a normal mole and melanoma. We look at the characteristics of the lesion abcde (asymmetry, borders, color, diameter, evolving) and biopsy any suspicious moles in question. The biopsy would confirm which is which. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a black/ very very dark brown freckle/mole?

Is it normal to have a black/ very very dark brown freckle/mole?

Depends: If this particular mole has never changed color size or shape and is less than 5mm than its possible that this is a normal mole or freckle. See your doctor if any question about this. If any mole changes or bleeds spontaneously for no reason definitely check with your doctor. One easy way to remember is abcd : assymmetry, bleeding, color change or diameter growth change. - mole should come off. ...Read more

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How to determine when a mole or a a freckle isn't a mole or a freckle?

Mole : Freckles will tend to fade in months with less sun exposure , eg winter . Moles will not fade typically during the same time frame . A biopsy is the only way to know exactly , a dermatologist should be able to distinguish clinically between the two and determine if any are suspicious for skin cancer. ...Read more

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I have a mole on my back that changed from pink to a freckle kind of colour. Is this ok or should I get it checked out?

Get it checked.: Any time you notice a new or changing mole, it's a good idea to have it looked at by a doctor. Melanoma (the worst-case-scenario) is a potentially deadly skin cancer. ...Read more

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Differnce between hydaditiform mole and choriocarcinoma?Can these occir in virgin ladies

Differnce between hydaditiform mole and choriocarcinoma?Can these occir in virgin ladies

See below: These are entities along the spectrum of what we call gestational trophoblastic disease (gtd). The simple answer is that it is the degree of aggressiveness (although it is more complicated than that).

A choriocarcinoma from gestational trophoblastic disease is from being pregnant, so can't occur in virginal woman, but you can get choriocarcinoma not developing from gtd. Even a male can get this. ...Read more

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Could a flat mole (single freckle/beauty mark) become cancerous like regular past the surface moles do?

Could a flat mole (single freckle/beauty mark) become cancerous like regular past the surface moles do?

Yes: The presence of a flat mole, one that is irregular in shape and has variegated colors withi grey and dark brown areas represent the superficial moles that undergo malignant transformation leading to a nodular growth. The superficial melanomas less than 1mm thick are for the most part in-situ but as thickness (Breslow) develops , not so much as depth of penetration (Clark),it is now invasive. ...Read more

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I've developed a freckle or mole on the side edge of my nipple. Should i be concerned?

I've developed a freckle or mole on the side edge of my nipple.  Should i be concerned?

Learn your ABCD's: Probably isn't but could be a melanoma...Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. If it is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen soon for evaluation and possible biopsy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My mole/freckle has changed within the past month and this is a sign of cancer?

Changing mole: Only a physician will be able to decide that. See your doctor and if there is any question, it should be biopsied. ...Read more

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I have a small freckle or possibly mole on my thigh that seems to appear and then disappear. It has a red ring around it. What is it?

I have a small freckle or possibly mole on my thigh that seems to appear and then disappear.  It has a red ring around it. What is it?

Have it checked.: Most likely it is a benign lesion given your history. The red ring around it could be from irritation or the presence of a vascular lesion/blood vessels underlying or adjacent to the freckle. ...Read more

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I've had a small bump my shoulder for awhile, recently it appears to have a freckle/mole on it(reddish/brown)& at times itches. Should I be concernd?

I've had a small bump my shoulder for awhile, recently it appears to have a freckle/mole on it(reddish/brown)& at times itches. Should I be concernd?

Needs biopsy: An enlarging or changing mole should be addressed by excisional biopsy. See your dermatologist or plastic surgeon to have it addressed. The obvious concern is a change or dysplasia in a mole which can lead to melanoma. ...Read more

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I am a fair skinned female with many moles and freckles. A mole on my abdomen has grown in the past year and now has turned purple. Cause for concern?

Changing moles: are always a cause for concern. Please go get it evaluated. We have previously mentioned the ABCD of moles. Asymetry, one side is different than the other. Borders are irregular. Color, changes or red, white and blue. Diameter, bigger than a pencil eraser. Those changes need evaluation. ...Read more

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I had a itchy frecle type mole on my shoulder removed a while back biopsy came back negative . But im concerned again as on my back I GT hard itchy sk?

I had a itchy frecle type mole on my shoulder removed a while back biopsy came back negative . But im concerned again as on my back I GT hard itchy sk?

Scar tissue: Over a joint or area of thich skin, you can develop thickened itchy s ar tissue. Bio oil or Mederma may decrease the thickness and relieve the itching. If not see doctor for dilute kenalog (triamcinolone). Injection to soften scar. ...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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Nevi (Definition)

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