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How can you tell if a mole is cancer?

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 more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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How can I tell if its cancer family member has a mole that is dark and has grown

How can I tell if its cancer family member has a mole that is dark and has grown

Mole: The only way to know a mole is cancerous is to have a skin biopsy. Often a dermatologist can predict whether a mole is more or less likely to be cancerous. ...Read more

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Mole on my face that was getting bigger was picked off. Will they still be able to tell if it's cancer?

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

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How can I tell if I have skin cancer, wart or just a regular mole?

How can I tell if I have skin cancer, wart or just a regular mole?

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 more

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If this mole is an early skin cancer, how do I tell if it's a melanoma or a basal cell carcinoma?

If this mole is an early skin cancer, how do I tell if it's a melanoma or a basal cell carcinoma?

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 more

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Can you tell me are black moles a sign of cancer in young children?

Can you tell me are black moles a sign of cancer in young children?

Biopsy: The only definitive way to confirm suspicious lesions will be with biopsy of the lesion. ...Read more

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How to tell if some moles look like they are at high risk of cancer?

How to tell if some moles look like they are at high risk of cancer?

ABCDE's!: They are: assymetry, borders irregular, color blotchy, diameter over 6mm (pencil eraser sized), and evolution (how has it changed). If you're worried, see your doc (any doctor, don't wait for a dermatologist), and it is ok to ask for a biopsy! ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between melanoma, the other skin cancers, and moles/scabs?

How can you tell the difference between melanoma, the other skin cancers, and moles/scabs?

Skin exam/biopsy: A dermatologist can recognize the difference between these in many cases just off of a skin exam. If they still have a concern/suspicion, a biopsy can be performed to definitively identify the lesion. ...Read more

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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

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

Cancerous mole: The only way to be certain if a mole is cancerous is to have a dermatologist for example inspect and biopsy a suspicious lesion. ...Read more

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Can a new mole (located on my back) mean cancer?

Can a new mole (located on my back) mean cancer?

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

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How quickly does cancer in a mole normally spread?

How quickly does cancer in a mole normally spread?

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 more

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I scraped a mole now its gone what if it had cancer?

I scraped a mole now its gone what if it had cancer?

Grow back: I\just monitor the area and see what happens If it grows back then have it checked by a provider if not you do not need to worry ...Read more

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How do you get a mole removed if you think it's cancer?

Have it biopsied.: Go to a dermatologist and have it examined. If the doctor is concerned enough about it, they will biopsy the lesion. Then you have a diagnosis, and better know what to do with it. ...Read more

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Does any new mole on skin after the age of 40 is cancer?

Does any new mole on skin after the age of 40 is cancer?

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

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What to do if I have a changing mole, but is it cancer or just a scratch?

What to do if I have a changing mole, but is it cancer or just a scratch?

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

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Is a pain in the area of the mole indicate cancer? The mole itself is not painful

Is a pain in the area of the mole indicate cancer? The mole itself is not painful

Hard to say: Pain around the mole is unsually not a major sign. The important things is to have the mole looked at by your doctor. The appearance, color and other factors help decide if a mole is a problem. See your doctor. ...Read more

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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?

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?

See an MD: There is not enough information provided to know what this is, and I advise you to have a physician examine this lesion. At your age, skin cancer is unlikely; an inflammatory process or cyst is more likely ...Read more

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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?

Look for ABCD moles: A = asymmetrical b= border of mole is irregular c= variegated (different colors or shades within) d = diameter greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) these are general guidelines ; see your dermatologist if you have any concerns. ...Read more

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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

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

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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Nevi (Definition)

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