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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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How often do irregular moles turn into melanoma?

How often do irregular moles turn into melanoma?

Moles and Melanoma: Moles that have asymmetry, border irregularity, color changes or that increase in size should be evaluated to rule out melanoma. Visual inspection is not completely accurate and must often be supplemented with a biopsy to make a proper diagnosis. ...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 is skin cancer treated? How are cancerous moles treated?

How is skin cancer treated? How are cancerous moles treated?

Skin cancer: There are different techniques to remove skin cancer. The technique that has the highest cure rate and that spares the most normal tissue is called mohs micrographic surgery. This method allows the cancer to be traced out under the microscope by examining the entire periphery of the excised tumor. If any roots are seen the excision and microscopic checking continues until tumor free plane obtained. ...Read more

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What are black moles and are they cancerous?

What are black moles and are they cancerous?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

Depends on location: Surgical removal of skin cancers is effective and the risks are associated with the size and location. Bleeding, infection and poor cosmetic outcome are all risks. Delayed healing in areas of poor blood flow is also a risk. Other treatments such as radiation can be successful as well with similar results and better cosmetic outcomes. ...Read more

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Can sunbeds create moles and make moles grow?

Can sunbeds create moles and make moles grow?

Yes and no.: Tanning beds can create lentigines ("sun spots"), which are not really moles, but look somewhat like them. We don't know for sure whether they cause moles to grow, but there is increasing evidence that they can cause melanomas (a type of skin cancer), and perhaps cause benign moles to turn into melanomas. There is dispute about this, but until we know for sure, stay away. ...Read more

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Are raised moles more likely to turn into melanoma than flat moles?

Are raised moles more likely to turn into melanoma than flat moles?

Probably not: You may watch and wait. If the mole doubles in size, becomes irregular in size, shape or color, bleeds, ulcerates or develops a nodule, see a doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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How can I tell between malignant mole and a non-malignant mole?

Melanoma: The abcde system can help you remember possible symptoms of melanoma: a symmetry: one half of the abnormal area is different from the other half. B orders: the edges of the growth are irregular. C olor: color changes from one area to another, with shades of tan, brown, or black, and sometimes white, red, or blue. A mixture of colors may appear within one sore. D ark: the mole is darker e volving:. ...Read more

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Can moles be bigger than a pencil eraser? What causes them to grow?

Yes: Moles can be small or large. If your moles are growing, at age 44, you need to have them evaluated by a physician and possibly removed. ...Read more

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Are moles on toes dangerous?

Are moles on toes dangerous?

If malignant: yes, if benign no…..doc can help you decide via dermoscopy or biopsy. ...Read more

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How are moles on your skin related to cancer?

Have new ones checkd: Although changes in our skin are normal as we age, if u notice new changes that r concerning have them looked at by your regular doctor. Most benign skin changes are easy to identify by looking at them. Skin cancer identification is defined by the a, b, c's. A- asymmetric shape. B- borders that are irregular, c-color (multiple colors are concerning) there are some more features but these r basics. ...Read more

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Does mole on feet are rare?

Does mole on feet are rare?

No: Moles on the feet are quite common. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How can one get malignant melanoma?

How can one get malignant melanoma?

Genetic and UV: Melanoma is a malignant tumor of melanocytes. It does have a familial component - meaning there are genetic mutations that put you at higher risk for development of melanoma. Uv exposure (especially with tanning beds) can put you at high risk as well. ...Read more

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Can getting noncancerous moles removed prevent melanoma?

Can getting noncancerous moles removed prevent melanoma?

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 more

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How do you treat a malignant melanoma on bottom of foot?

How do you treat a malignant melanoma on bottom of foot?

Same treatment: Treatment will be dictated by the same features as any melanoma: physical exam for possible metastatic disease, tumor thickness, ulceration, and mitotic rate. Thus the treatment will likely include wide excision and possibly sentinel node biopsy . The main difference for this location is that reconstruction of the primary site could require skin graft or a flap. ...Read more

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Several ingrown toenail removal surgeries on same big toe. Very tiny nail left - really ugly and embarassing. Are there fake toenails?

Several ingrown toenail removal surgeries on same big toe. Very tiny nail left - really ugly and embarassing. Are there fake toenails?

Yes: Many have total removal of nail and replace it with fake nails. Places where pedicures are done do it and some podiatrists do it as well. ...Read more

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Are all large moles cancerous?

Are all large moles cancerous?

No : However, recommend annual head to toe evaluation of skin & nails to insure that no skin lesions appear to be consistent with malignancy. ...Read more

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Are halo moles (white circle around mole) dangerous for your health?

Are halo moles (white circle around mole) dangerous for your health?

Depends: On your age and history. Most halo nevi (moles) occur in young people and represent the body's immune mchanism getting rid of the moles. However, the immune system can also attack cancerous moles (melanoma) and give a halo-like appearance. Best to have all halo nevi evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin which is one of the most complex organs in the body, degenerates into cancer, with the cancerous (malignant) cells growing ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

A type of cancer that develops from pigment-containing ...Read more