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Freckle Difference Mole
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Does a tender itchy flat mole always mean cancer? And what is the difference between flat and raised mole?
Tissue examination: The only way to know for sure is to remove the lesion and send the tissue to a pathologist for examination. If you have any doubt, see your doctor. ...Read more
I noticed my daughter has a wart/mole looking thing on her leg. It's a bump, not flat. it bothers her. What's the difference and how to treat it?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
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