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Is A Bleeding Mole Always Cancer
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
Nope: Most moles are not cancerous, and will not turn into cancer. Melanomas are dangerous, and can look like a mole. Watch for moles w/ abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole like that, get it checked out asap. Any skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get seen as well. ...Read moreSee 13 more doctor answers
Skin cancer: In its most typical form, melanoma is a cancer that originates in cells of the skin called melanocytes. In some cases melanoma can spread to other organs from the skin. More rare types of melanoma start in the eyes, colon, mouth, bladder and other organs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
They can be: An irregular mole which is changing in size shape or color can be a melanoma. That is why the acronym, abcd was designed to remind us that an asymmetric, border irregular, color- mixtures lesion with a diameter of more than 5mm should make us/you suspect that the mole may indeed be a melanoma, so a biopsy is often recommended.In such situations. ...Read more
A normal brown mole turned red and throbbing with pus overnight. Is it possible to get a mole infected or is it a deadly nodular melanoma?
It is possible to: irritate a mole, so apply some topical ointment and a bandaid and get in to see dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. It may just be infected ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Infection: In your age group lump in the breast with discharge specially if there is pus discharge is more likely an infection as opposed to cancer. Breast cancer usually is not associated with the symptoms you are describing unless very late in the stage. See your doctor you may need to be treated with antibiotics, warm compresses helps at times. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
100% or 0%: Don't guess odds. A suspicious mole needs to come off. It's either cancer and your life is probably saved, or it's inconsequential. Neglect a suspicious lesion, and there's a fair chance you will pay with your life. A dermatologist can guess malignancy with pretty good accuracy in a suspicious mole, but it's never certain and criteria for moles that should come off are basically scientific. ...Read more
Yes: Melanoma is a lethal disease if untreated, early detection and excision will cure melanoma.Awareness and education is essential to cure, which is done by melanoma walks in your local area, several organisations like melanoma research alliance, melanoma.Org etc contact your local american society office for more information or your local hospital. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Biopsy is scheduled but - is it possible for ugly mole that has grown slightly with some colour change to be benign? No pain, oozing, bleeding, itch.
Yes: Of course it can be benign, not every mole that shows some changes is malignant on the otherhand changes in a mole are a warning sign of some potential malignant changes. But why take a chance since melanoma can be deadly. That is why a biopsy is the right thing to do. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In Certain families: A dysplastic nevus is the term for a biopsy appearance of the pigmented lesion under the microscope - cells with atypia. The lesion itself to the naked eye or under magnification has asymmetry, irregular border, & different pigment colors. Only with pathology can one be sure that the nevus has not become an active melanoma. Families with many dysplastic nevi are at increased risk of melanomas. ...Read more
HairyAin'tScary-Yet: Advances in melanoma diagnostics indicate that this is a misconception.When a hairy mole becomes a melanoma, the hairs persist. It is only later, when malignant cells advance, that the root of the hair is destroyed & then,good-bye hairs.So you're back to square one: hair or no hair,it can convert to a cancer, so watch for size,color or shape changes & if anything concerns you, get it*seen*by a doc ...Read more
Skin Cancer: Skin cancer is absolutely considered a real cancer and should not be ignored! however, there are many types of skin cancer that have different prognoses. Some of the less invasive types, such as basal cell carcinoma, are occasionaly referred to as "good" cancers. Although no cancer is good cancer, these types tend to spread less frequently and have excellent prognoses if treated properly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dermatologist said a mole that had an diameter of more than 6mm( one of ABCDEs of melanoma) was normal. Is this possible?
A type of skin cance: Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that arises from the pigmented cells (melanocytes) in the skin. In general, it is more malignant than the other two common skin cancer types (basal cell and squamous cell), but early melanoma has a good prognosis. Look online for the abcde for diagnosing melanoma. If you have a suspicious mole - have it checked out by a deramatologist. It could save your life! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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