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Doctor insights on: Freckle That Grows

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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

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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New raised mole on skin: could it be melanoma?

New raised mole on skin: could it be melanoma?

Could be: It could be, particularly if it is asymmetrical in its color distribution, has irregular border, has color variation, and a diameter larger than a pencil eraser. Get it checked out if it concerns you; a good dermatologist can suggest if this really needs to be biopsied or removed. ...Read more

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Does a biopsied mole grow back?

Does a biopsied mole grow back?

Mole biopsy: It depends on the type of mole biopsied. If your mole is raised and a shave biopsy was done the mole could grow back. Intradermal and compound nevi have a deep component so if the biopsy is a shave, the deeper component may grow back but this may take a long time. ...Read more

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Moles growing heads that look like wart seeds looks like 6 blakheads, but brown, growing iut of a small mole

Moles growing heads that look like wart seeds looks like 6 blakheads, but brown, growing iut of a small mole

Hard : Hard to tell without a clinical examination, but i wonder if these are possibly seborrheic keratoses? Read more about seborrheic keratoses and see a picture at the link below. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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Button on the front appeared rapidly (4 weeks) skin color wt small symmetrical colored spots, bulging, roughened, mole size? Could that be a melanoma?

Button on the front appeared rapidly (4 weeks) skin color wt small symmetrical colored spots, bulging, roughened, mole size? Could that be a melanoma?

Get it seen: I suspect it'll turn out to be a keratoacanthoma but any growth that you have to ask about like this needs to be seen by your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Are all black moles cancerous? Smaller than the shape of a pencil eraser. Not bumpy, almost looks like a circle. On skin layer that isn't expose much

Are all black moles cancerous? Smaller than the shape of a pencil eraser. Not bumpy, almost looks like a circle. On skin layer that isn't expose much

Not all, but some : Black moles are very worrisome for skin cancer, especially melanoma. It is hard to answer your question without an examination. It is concerning when moles change - change in size, color, become irregularly shaped, itch, bleed. Most moles are relatively easy to remove and test. Please see your primary doctor or a surgeon to see if this needs to be removed and tested. ...Read more

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Is it true if your mole grows hairs then it's not cancerous?

Is it true if your mole grows hairs then it's not cancerous?

Not entirely true: Hair in the moles do not guarantee safety. So if the mole is showing any signs of change in : increased growth or change in color and size, then go see a dermatologist for biopsy/excision. ...Read more

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About 5 mm black spot on my toenail. It's on the white part (the nail where it grows). The spot grew bigger upward in 2 day. Could it be melanoma?

About 5 mm black spot on my toenail. It's on the white part (the nail where it grows). The spot grew bigger upward in 2 day. Could it be melanoma?

Trauma?: Do you remember any trauma to the toenail? A collection of blood underneath the toenail can also appear like this. The safest thing to do is to show this to your friendly dermatologist. While it would be rare of a 20 year old to have a melanoma, it does happen occasionally. Remember to protect your skin. Limit your exposure to UV radiation. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 ...Read more

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concerned - reoccurring mole hair cancerous? appears normal in size and colour and hasnt grown but the black hair in it keeps growing - female, POCS

concerned - reoccurring mole hair cancerous? appears normal in size and colour and hasnt grown but the black hair in it keeps growing - female, POCS

Hairy mole: In general, "moles" should be checked by experienced practitioners and biopsied or followed if necessary. Hair, growing or not, doesn't usually enter into it. Although most melanoma and basal cell neoplasms do not grow hair, some dark hairy patches can be serious, see: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1295033-overview ...Read more

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Although nodular melanoma grows deep quickly, does it also continue to grow in diameter?

Although nodular melanoma grows deep quickly, does it also continue to grow in diameter?

Yes, but...: In melanoma, the depth of invasion is more important than its horizontal growth, as deeper melanomas are more likely to spread and metastasize. ...Read more

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A small lump under the skin that moves. Is that cancer?

A small lump under the skin that moves. Is that cancer?

May not be: But has to see your doctor to make sure it is not skin cancer. ...Read more

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Will the piece of mole that the doctor didn't shave grow bigger?

Will the piece of mole that the doctor didn't shave grow bigger?

Mole: Pigmented nevi or moles should be completely removed in order to prevent recurrence but if the doctor performed a biopsy on the lesion and it is benign the lesion will only grow back to its original size and can always be removed electively if you desire. Be sure to see a board certified plastic or facial plastic surgeon to remove the mole completely. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Hello.I have a new mole on my breast. It is skin color, slightly raised and round in shape. It is bigger than a pencil eraser.

Hello.I have a new mole on  my breast. It is skin color, slightly raised and round in shape. It is bigger than a pencil eraser.

This may be fine: Some moles are not pigmented. But other skin rashes can also occur. Seeing a dermatologist can help clarify the diagnosis ...Read more

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eczema around a 2 mm brown normal mole. thought it was a meyerson's Nevi. The eczema cleared but noticed months later the mole is ligher? same shape.

eczema around a 2 mm brown normal mole. thought it was a meyerson's Nevi. The eczema cleared but noticed months later the mole is ligher? same shape.

Dermatologist: I feel that any changes in a mole should be evaluated by a dermatologist. If this mole stands out as quite different from other moles you may have, it is another reason to have it checked by a specialist. ...Read more

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If a mole has different colors in it is that bad?

Could be: The only way to tell for sure is to remove it and then look at it under the microscope. ...Read more

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Had mole shaved and it was benign. Has grown back in 3 months. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Had mole shaved and it was benign. Has grown back in 3 months. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Yes but not usual: When a mole (or nevus) is shaved, frequently the depth of the shave is not deep enough to remove all of the melanin or pigment producing cells. This is why the lesion grows back. If instead, a full thickness excision is done, all of the involved skin is removed and the lesion will not re-grow. ...Read more

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Can a mole that looked slightly irregular on dermascooe come back benign?

Can a mole that looked slightly irregular on dermascooe come back benign?

Yes: Based on your question, it seems like you have already had a biopsy of the lesion. If that is the case, you have some waiting to do. I know that this can be scary and frustrating. Take deep breaths. There is nothing to do right now. Once you get the results, it is important to have your doctor explain, in detail, what the results mean and what the next steps are, if any are needed. ...Read more

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When a mole gets (solarium) sunburned regularly is there a chance it can turn into melanoma?

When a mole gets (solarium) sunburned regularly is there a chance it can turn into melanoma?

Yes: Repeated sunburns increase one's chances of developing a melanoma. Transformation of an ordinary 'mole' (nevus) into melanoma isn't all that common but is possible and uv rays from sunlight can be the transforming damaging event. ...Read more