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How Can You Tell If A Mole Is Cancer
Change & pathology: A mole may turn into cancer, melanoma. The process is usually associated with enlargement, color change, change in borders, bleeding, ulceration, development of enlarged lymph nodes related to the site. Confirmation requires removal of the lesion and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Mole on my face that was getting bigger was picked off. Will they still be able to tell if it's cancer?
Mole: Tough question...If you still have the mole and it has not been too long, it might be able to be sent to the lab for analysis. Additionally, a biopsy could be taken from the area where the mole was removed to analyze any remaining mole. Otherwise, you and your doctor are left with watching the area. ...Read more
Get it examined: There are different types of skin cancer, which have different appearances. In general, any lesion which is getting larger in size is concerning. Ulceration, bleeding and itching are other concerning signs. Pain is usually not present, unless the cancer is large. Melanomas can be identified by the abcd's. I don't have room for that here. Get it checked out by your pcp or dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Get a Derm Consult: Melanoma typically is pigmented and has a dark color. Basal cell cancer may have a pearly appearance to it. However, you should not take a chance trying to diagnosis this yourself. Melanoma is a deadly disease and early detection can lead to a cure. Delayed detection can be fatal. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
How do I know if a mole is cancer? I have a family member who has a dark black mole that seems to be growing
New mole: One can develop new moles as one ages. If a new mole has abnormal features such as asymmetry, irregular borders, different colors (especially brown/black), diameter bigger than a pencil head eraser, or evolving (itch, bleed, etc.) have it examined by a dermatologist. Melanoma is most commonly found on men on the back. This location, however, does not guarantee a mole is or is not cancerous. ...Read more
It depends: There is no easy answer for this. The potential for spread in a melanoma really depends on how deep it is when it is caught and if it is ulcerated (open and bleeding). The deeper it is the more likely it is to have spread. The rate of spread is variable. Predictors of a worse outcome include: male gender, >65 years of age, extremities involvement, lymph node involvement and metastases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
New moles after 40: A mole after 40 needs to be watched or checked. One out of ten adults have an atypical mole...these can become CA sometimes. Not every atypical mole will be CA. Check for irregular borders, dark pigment, larder, and borders that fade into the surrounding skin. Have your dermatologist take a look....I always say if you don't like the looks of it or your worrying about it take if off. ...Read more
When in doubt - eval: American academy of dermatology: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read more
Hello, I have a mole on my fave that is hard, risen, and seemingly wants to pop. Can you please help. Please assure me it's not cancer?
Moles appearing that I've never seen before. When is it a danger? How do I know if the mole is cancerous? What is the likelihood of it being cancer?
Can contact with a chemical substance or anything for that matter With a mole on skin lead to cancer? I am worried that I could have touched something
Rare: It would be VERY unlikely for you to 'catch' cancer from a chemical. Cancer can be caused by trauma to your cells but it is usually repeated trauma over a long period. For example, if you worked with asbestos for 30 years you might develop lung cancer. But touching asbestos once briefly is unlikely to give you cancer ...Read more
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