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I just noticed a new mole. What should I do?

I just noticed a new mole. What should I do?

New moles: Simple observation is adequate. Seek medical evaluation if your mole goes through changes in size, color, borders, shape, or bleeding. ...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


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I have just noticed a new mole and it has small dark brown dots in it, i've never noticed it until today?

See a dermatologist: Not a typical description of a melanoma. Best is to present to a dermatologist. If suspicious it will be sent for microscopic evaluation. ...Read more

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I just noticed a new mole on my leg. It seemed to appear out of nowhere. Is it normal to get new moles? I am 47. It is black and small with red.

I just noticed a new mole on my leg.  It seemed to appear out of nowhere.  Is it normal to get new moles?  I am 47. It is black and small with red.

NO it is NOT: I would strongly urge you to see a clinician promptly and have this new mole evaluated. It is possible that it could be a melanoma, and the earlier you catch it, the more likely it is completely curable. Please don't delay. ...Read more

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I recently noticed a new mole. It's small and round, but there is redness around the mole. Is it dangerous?

See doc: Unfortunately, the description you provided is not enough to tell whether it's dangerous or not. Seeing it would be a way better way to tell. Sometimes a biopsy is needed. ...Read more

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Is it normal to develop a new mole on the face after age 40?

Is it normal to develop a new mole on the face after age 40?

See dermatologist: There are 4 reasons to remove a skin mole. 1) the possibility of cancerous change occurring in a mole sometime in the future (a pre-cancerous active junctional mole); 2) a suspected cancerous change in an existing or new mole, where removal is diagnostic and therapeutic; 3) cosmetic reasons; 4) functional and anatomical changes occurring in a mole. See a dermatologist for assurance ...Read more

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Have lots of moles i had them for years but don't know if this mole is new of has been there for a wile its light brown and saped differently?

Skin must be seen: There is little to do other than to acknowledge your concern and to ask you to show it to your family doctor the next time you are seen at the medical clinic. There are a number of 'brown' lesions that are both common and not of concern. ...Read more

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Dr wanted to remove mole. Went for 2nd opinion and new dr used dermascope and said it looked extremely normal. Why did the other dr want to remove it?

Dr wanted to remove mole. Went for 2nd opinion and new dr used dermascope and said it looked extremely normal. Why did the other dr want to remove it?

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- assymmetry, . 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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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Definition)

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