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How to tell if my mole is cancerous?

How to tell if my mole is cancerous?

Derm eval: AAD Malignant Melanoma screening: 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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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 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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How can you tell if a breast lump is cancerous?

How can you tell if a breast lump is cancerous?

Breast Biopsy: It is very difficult to distinguish a benign breast lump from a cancer for patient and doctor. Depending upon age and physical examination findings, we will often get a mammogram and ultrasound to help evaluate a breast lump, sometimes culminating in a (nonsurgical) needle-biopsy--ultimately, the only way to be 100% certain is to look at the tissue under the microscope. ...Read more

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Is it possible to tell if a mole is cancerous?

Is it possible to tell if a mole is cancerous?

Experts can look: And tell, but still biopsy or excise. Appearance, bleeding, color change, depth, expansion radially are all characteristics of melanoma. Some basal cells are pigmented. Why internet? Go see a malignancy astute dermatologist. I would. ...Read more

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How can I tell if a breast lump is cancerous?

Dr. Mark Pack Dr. Pack
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How can I tell if a breast lump is cancerous?

You can't: You need a physician to see and examine you and order the proper tests! ...Read more

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Please tell me if it is easy to detect a cancerous breast lump?

Please tell me if it is easy to detect a cancerous breast lump?

Varies: Each patient is different and each cancer diagnosis has its own challenges. The only way to diagnose cancer of breast or any other cancer is to remove the suspicious tissue and have it examined by a pathologist. ...Read more

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How can I tell if an existing mole is melanoma?

Dr. Karen Han Dr. Han
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How can I tell if an existing mole is melanoma?

See a dermatologist: Definitely seek the opinion of your dermatologist. There are many mimics of melanoma. Luckily most existing moles do not evolve into melanoma. That said, most dermatologists will biopsy moles that have changed. "change" can mean it's color, size, shape, symptoms of itchiness, or even history of bleeding. ...Read more

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How accurate is a ultrasound to determine what they see in a nodule? How can they tell if its cancerous?

How accurate is a ultrasound to determine what they see in a nodule? How can they tell if its cancerous?

Biopsy: Diagnosis of cancer usually requires removal or biopsy of the lesion and examination by a pathologist. Ultrasound by itself is not used for diagnosis of cancer. ...Read more

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How do you tell if a mole on your back is cancerous?

Dr. Bryan Wu Dr. Wu
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How do you tell if a mole on your back is cancerous?

Biopsy and pathology: Your clinician may be able to look at the lesion, either by the naked eye or with the help of tools such as a dermatoscope, to see if the mole has worrisome features. Whether the mole has changed in size or color is important for your clinician to know. If there is persistent concern, the lesion should be conservatively but completely excised to be examined under a microscope by a pathologist. ...Read more

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How can I tell if a vaginal mass is cancerous?

How can I tell if a vaginal mass is cancerous?

See your doctor: Diagnosis of cancer usually requires a biopsy and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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If the only way to know if moles or lesions are cancerous is to take a biopsy, what's the purpose of a screening? What if a doctor suspects a mole is normal when it's not? Would it be quick to change?

If the only way to know if moles or lesions are cancerous is to take a biopsy, what's the purpose of a screening? What if a doctor suspects a mole is normal when it's not? Would it be quick to change?

Screening: identifies moles and other lesions with suspicious features that might require biopsy. If a mole has benign features, the overwhelming probability is that it is benign, and biopsy would not be necessary. ...Read more

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How can I tell if a breast lump is cancer?

How can I tell if a breast lump is cancer?

Best to have: It checked by your physician. May need to refer to a specialist for biopsy. Also may order some diagnostic tests to make diagnosis. Once confirmed , treatment plans will be in order. ...Read more

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How do doctors determine if a lump is cancerous?

How do doctors determine if a lump is cancerous?

Biopsy: A portion of any suspicious mass needs to go to the pathology lab, where we do our magic and come up with the diagnosis. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How do you know if a mole is cancerous?

How do you know if a mole is cancerous?

ABCD: I agree that biopsy is the only sure way to tell what it is. Signs to look for on skin lesions are asymmetry, border irregularity, color unevenness, diameter >6 mm. ...Read more

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How do they determine whether a mole is cancerous or not? Is biopsy the only sure way?

Yes: A dermatologist has the highest skill level to be able to visually determine whether a mole is cancerous or not and can use a dermatoscope to add in visual diagnosis but the only 100% method is to biopsy the mole and send to a pathology lab for reading. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a mole to become cancerous?

How long does it take for a mole to become cancerous?

Hard to say: There are many kinds of pigmented lesions that are called moles. Most are absolutely benign, so i can't give a time frame. There are estimates of how long it takes different types of early melanomas to become invasive, but that's a long answer. The best thing to do is to see your doctor and have a skin check. Tell them about any moles that worry you, so that you can be relieved. ...Read more

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

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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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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Could you tell me what happens when a removed leg tumor is found to be malignant?

Could you tell me what happens when a removed leg tumor is found to be malignant?

Depends: Where in the leg? (bone, muscle, cartilage, skin) what kind? (sarcoma of bone or soft tissue, squamous or basal cell cancer of the skin, melanoma) how advanced? Can't answer without more info. Good luck nonetheless. ...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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