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How to I check my moles for skin cancer?

How to I check my moles for skin cancer?

Learn your ABCD's: Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. If you have a skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen as well for evaluation and possible biopsy. Best wishes. ...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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I have a black mole and has been there for a while. Could I have skin cancer?

I have a black mole and has been there for a while. Could I have skin cancer?

Check Black Moles : Chances are the mole is benign but if it is black and different from your other moles it needs to be checked out. Skin cancer caught early can be cured with surgical removal. Do not delay. ...Read more

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What to do if I have 80 moles on body, none atypical, will i die of skin cancer?

Moles: A large number of moles has been linked to a greater chance of melanoma development. See a dermatologist yearly to have moles evaluated. ...Read more

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My mole keeps falling off do I have skin cancer? Is it normal for my mole to keep falling off? I never notice when it falls off

My mole keeps falling off do I have skin cancer? Is it normal for my mole to keep falling off? I never notice when it falls off

Not a mole: One considers by that a mole is a benign pigmented skin lesion that is a precursor of melanoma. When the first true mole appears it is a small flat lesion. This growth never falls off but rather continues to proliferate and grow in thickness. A pigmented keratosis can be misinterpreted as a mole and is characterized as a growth that can be picked or fall off the skin by mild trauma. ...Read more

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Who can I consult about a suspicious mole & risk of skin cancer?

Who can I consult about a suspicious mole & risk of skin cancer?

Surgeon: You can see your primary doctor or a surgeon to have your mole evaluated. Some primary doctors will remove these in the office. Most surgeons will definitely remove them either in the office or in the operating room. ...Read more

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Can I trust skin cancer apps, like skinvision to find out if a mole is benign or malignant?

Minimally: While skin cancer apps are getting more reliable, they are not yet sophisticated enough to replace an exam by a dermatologist with a dermatoscope and they certainly cannot replace the diagnostic accuracy of a biopsy. While consulting an app may be helpful, seeing a specialist is best to resolve your concerns. ...Read more

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Are mole removing creams harmful? I wanna remove a natural mole. But can I be at higher risk of getting skin cancer for doing this? Im 16.

Are  mole removing creams harmful? I wanna remove a natural mole. But can I be at higher risk of getting skin cancer for doing this? Im 16.

Creams not effective: If you have a dark mole you can not remove it with creams nor should you try. The only way to remove a true mole is to excise it completely. If your mole has irregular features it should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a lightly colored, brown mole which swells up a bit and turns to red after i scratch it. Is this normal, it this a type of skin cancer?

I have a lightly colored, brown mole which swells up a bit and turns to red after i scratch it. Is this normal, it this a type of skin cancer?

Unlikely, but it can: Happen. Many benign lesions look like cancers but are not. The only way to know is to get it biopsied; a simple procedure that can be done in the office. See a dermatologist, find out, and put your mind at ease. Good luck! ...Read more

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Could cancer moles only mean skin cancer?

Could cancer moles only mean skin cancer?

Not sure: I'm really not sure how to answer your question. If you have been diagnosed by a pathologist with "cancer moles" that could mean that you have skin cancer, but most doctors do not use a term like "cancer mole". Doctors usually use more specific terms like "squamous cell carcinoma", "basal cell carcinoma", "melanoma", etc. If you could tell me exactly what the pathologist said, i could explain. ...Read more

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Does skin cancer always start from a mole?

Skin cancer : Malignant melanoma may develop from a preexisting mole or on "normal" skin. Other skin cancers such as basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer do not develop from preexisting moles . See a dermatologist for a skin cancer screening. ...Read more

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Link between skin cancer and moles/freckles?

Yes: Melanoma is a skin cancer starting from pigment producing cells called melanocytes. Moles which change color, have irregular borders, grow or bleed would be concerning features that mole has evolved into a melanoma. Best to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What are the signs that a mole is skin cancer?

What are the signs that a mole is skin cancer?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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What is the risk of skin cancer from painful mole?

It depends: A painful mole is probable an irritated or inflammed mole. Please show it to your doctor to help you to take care of it by either removal or some giving you some local medication. ...Read more

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Could you die from skin cancer caused from a mole?

Could you die from skin cancer caused from a mole?

Yes: Most malignant melanomas arise on their own, but you should report any ugly change in a mole to your physician, and if in doubt, off it comes. ...Read more

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What happens if you just ignore a skin cancer mole?

What happens if you just ignore a skin cancer mole?

Don't take a chance!: If a mole or any lesion on the skin has been biopsied as a cancer you need to follow through with the recommended treatment. This usually is complete removal by surgical excision. Melanoma kills so have any concerning lesion checked by a dermatologist and if the biopsy comes back as an early melanoma have it excised as this is curative. Don't take a chance. ...Read more

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Skin cancer does skin cancer only come from moles?

No: many sources: Although moles may develop into skin cancer, it can take on many other forms such as an ulcer, nodule, cyst, plaque, cutaneous horn, papule and other presentations. ...Read more

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Could white moles possibly be a sign of skin cancer?

Could white moles possibly be a sign of skin cancer?

Possible: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful answer without examining the lesions. However, basal cell carcinoma may present as a white nodule. It would be prudent to see a doctor for evaluation. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...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