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Why are my moles getting bigger?

Why are my moles getting bigger?

See your doctor: You may need mole removal, biopsy, and routine follow up if you have lots of growing moles. Avoid the sun and remember to use sun block. ...Read more

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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What sort of moles should get checked out by my gp?

What sort of moles should get checked out by my gp?

All of them: You should schedule a time for a skin check to have all your moles checked. But especially any that have changed color, itch, bleed, have irregular color especially with black pigment. Black irregular moles large than an eraser head are worrisome. You should get a baseline check and then depending maybe once per year. ...Read more

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Areolas getting darker, should I be worried?

Areolas getting darker, should I be worried?

Areola: If both breasts areola the same, probably just increased pigmentation. If it is asymmetrical, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What should I expect when getting moles checked/removed?

What should I expect when getting moles checked/removed?

Exam importance: Annual or more frequent examinations, with a well-trained dermatologist, oculofacial surgeon, facial plastic surgeon, or plastic surgeon, of any unusual appearing skin abnormality, pigmented growth, or any skin lesion that has undergone progressive change (in size, color, character) is very important. Some "moles" are benign but other lesions may be malignant. Early diagnosis/biopsy is critical! ...Read more

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When should you get a mole checked out?

When should you get a mole checked out?

See: Whenever you are concerned with a mole, have it checked out by a dermatologist. Good luck from NYC ...Read more

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Should I get this birthmark check out?

Should I get this birthmark check out?

Can't see it: Is there a picture attached to this question? I cannot see the birthmark, may need to see the dermatologist. ...Read more

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I had malignant melanoma in 1994. What are the chances of it recurring. Should i still get annual skin check-ups.

I had malignant melanoma in 1994.  What are the chances of it recurring.  Should i still get annual skin check-ups.

Skin Checks Are Good: With a previous melanoma, you are at higher risk to getting another one. Plus there is a slight chance your previous melanoma can recur. So see a dermatologist and come up with a plan for prevention. Good luck. ...Read more

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My mole hurts, should I get it checked out?

My mole hurts, should I get it checked out?

Not normal: A mole should not itch, burn, bleed, or weep fluid. It should never be painful. If it is any if these, please seek the attention if a physician to biopsy or remove the lesion. ...Read more

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Could it be worth getting my osteochondroma removed?

Could it be worth getting my osteochondroma removed?

Symptomatic?: Removal of osteochondroma is for local symptoms due to its size. They have a cartlege cap which in very rare occasions can turn cancerous. Usually only in people who have a disorder with multiple osteochondroma. This risk is not great enough in itself to have one removed ...Read more

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Need dermatologist recommendation, should I get moles removed on my back?

Need dermatologist recommendation, should I get moles removed on my back?

Get a consult: Some moles which are flat can be covered with make up, but seek out a consult from a facial plastic surgeon about more permanent removal. Some moles can be shaved off with good cosmetic results while some require full excision. I have found many patients are highly appreciative about their mole removals. ...Read more

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My brown spots are raised. What should I do to get it checked out?

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See a doctor: There are many lesions that are brown and raised. Many raised brown spots are benign such as seborrheic keratosis and benign moles. However, some melanomas can be raised so it is important to have your dermatologist to do a skin check. See the following website for self skin check instructions. http://www.aad.org/skin-conditions/skin-cancer-detection/about-skin-self-exams/how-to-examine-your-skin. ...Read more

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I am always worried about getting melanoma. I wear sunscreen, get yearly (sometimes more) full body checks and do self checks.How can I quit worrying?

I am always worried about getting melanoma. I wear sunscreen, get yearly (sometimes more) full body checks and do self checks.How can I quit worrying?

Sounds like a phobia: Phobias are unreasonable or irrational fears. They interfere with one's ability to live a happy, normal life. Psychiatric evaluation and treatment is needed. Best to start soon. Sometimes, one's primary care doctor can evaluate and start medication for anxiety or obsessive symptoms, if the patient does not have easy access to a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Should raised bruises on arms be checked out by a doctor ?

Should raised bruises on arms be checked out by a doctor ?

Bruises: There are many causes for bruising. It wouldbe best if you were seen by your doctor to determine the actual cause. ...Read more

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Do bumpy moles grow back the same if you get them removed?

Do bumpy moles grow back the same if you get them removed?

Get a consult: Some moles which are flat can be covered with make up, but seek out a consult from a facial plastic surgeon about more permanent removal. Some moles can be shaved off with good cosmetic results while some require full excision. I have found many patients are highly appreciative about their mole removals. ...Read more

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At what age should you get checked for breast cancer?

At what age should you get checked for breast cancer?

If: You have a lump or other breast changes that concern you a physician should be seen right away. Otherwise, screening mammograms in women without other risk factors are advised starting at age 40. ...Read more

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What health exams should I be getting annually?

What health exams should I be getting annually?

Prevention for Men: While the value of an annual checkup can depend on age, as well as personal & family history, the following are recommended for men by the US Dept of Health & Human Services: 1) Prostate exam at age 50; 2) Regular cholesterol checks after age 35; 3) Blood pressure checked every 2 years; 4) Colon cancer screening at age 50; 5) test for diabetes, especially if blood pressure is higher than 135/80. ...Read more

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