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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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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


Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Definition)

Nevi is a clinical finding for a pigmented area of skin, such as ...Read more