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Is a mole always cancerous?

Is a mole always cancerous?

Mole: The vast majority of moles are not cancerous and never will become cancerous. ...Read more

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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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Is it painful to have a mole removed?

Is it painful to have a mole removed?

A little: You will get some pain when the anesthetic is administered but it is short lived and then the rest of the procedure you are numb. ...Read more

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How is a cancerous mole usually removed?

How is a cancerous mole usually removed?

Surgically: When a mole is clinically suspicious of being worrisome for melanoma it is biopsied. The biopsy will usually provide a precise diagnosis and will help guide the treatment which can be surgical excision of the mole with an extra 5 mm of skin all around to a couple of centimeters of skin including possible sentinel lymph node biopsy if the cancer is more evolved. Early detection & removal cures! ...Read more

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Small lump after breast biopsy, is it a hematoma?

Small lump after breast biopsy, is it a hematoma?

unlikely: Most probably , after breast biopsy patient has focal hemorrhage and small area of fat necrosis, as previous site of biopsy. Breast tissue predominantly fatty and does not reveal large blood vessels and ussually no hematomas after biopsy. A hematoma or haematoma, is a localized collection of blood outside the blood vessels, usually in liquid form within the tissue. ...Read more

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Is mole removal painful? I have a mole that needs to be removed in a few days. Will mole removal be painful? .

Mole removal : Mole removal involves minimal discomfort. A dermatologist will inject an anesthetic through a small needle so that the removal itself is painless . Talk to your physician if you have any questions or concerns. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is it recommended to get a biopsy on a nonossifying fibroma?

No: A nof has a radiographically typical appaerance and is always benign and thus does not need to be biopsied. ...Read more

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Is it true that a stereotactic breast biopsy is verypainful?

Is it true that a stereotactic breast biopsy is verypainful?

No: Everyone is different, but most patients report that it wasn't as painful as they thought, and some barely feel anything. ...Read more

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How painful is a kidney biopsy?

How painful is a kidney biopsy?

Depends: Kidney biopsies are done under local anesthesia (unless you are a pediatric patient) and either an ultrasound or CT scan is used to select a good location. Many physicians will inject 5-15ml of 1% lidocaine into the skin/muscle/soft tissues. You will still feel some pressure but should not have sharp pain during the biopsy. ...Read more

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Is it normal for mole removal scars to be painful?

Not usually: Do not know the size, time of treatment, or location of the removal. If the site is itching, stinging and very firm (ridgy or raised) it may be a reaction to sutures or hypertrophic scar. You should return to surgeon that removed the mole and have a complete examination of the site. They will help you with the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Had a mole removed 6mo ago biopsy said melanoma, they removed it all now scar is itchy, irritated and has a brownish spot in center is this a problem?

Had a mole removed 6mo ago biopsy said melanoma, they removed it all now scar is itchy, irritated and has a brownish spot in center is this a problem?

Show your surgeon: Scars often itch while they are healing. This is a common complaint that I receive from my patients. However the brownish spot near the center of your incision needs to be evaluated by your surgeon to rule out a local recurrence. ...Read more

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Can a dermatologist determine whether a mole is benign or malignant without biopsy?

Can a dermatologist determine whether a mole is benign or malignant without biopsy?

Yes, quite often: A dermatologist is an expert at recognizing abnormalities in the skin. Skin lesions can be benign, suspicious and malignant. Their skill is to determine which lesions require definitive treatment from those that can be observed. An examination involves a carefully administered protocol to best serve your skin needs. ...Read more

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When is a mole called an unusual mole?

When is a mole called an unusual mole?

Changes: When a mole changes quickly or looks different than expected it is called unusual. Moles are extremely common and most people have them. Unusual is a broad term and can mean different things to different people! i always warned my patients that any mole changing should be seen by your pcp. Any new mole appearing quickly is dangerous until seen by your pcp. Don' take chance on it being malignant. ...Read more

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Is a lump or nodule on a thyroid usually cancerous?

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Is a lump or nodule on a thyroid usually cancerous?

It is usually benign: No. The risk for a thyroid nodule to be canerous actually is only 5-6%- majority is benign. If you have a nodule on the thyroid, you should follow up with your doctor and serial ultrasound for thyroid nodule perhaps is necessary to be done, and biopsy can be done if thyroid nodule looks suspicious. Discuss with your doctor in detail. ...Read more

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Is a colonoscopy painful?

Is a colonoscopy painful?

It shouldn't: Colonoscopies for the most part are not painful especially if sedation is used ...Read more

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My PSA is a 5, I'm going for a ultrasound guidance prostate biopsy. Is this procedure painful. Is it necessary?

My PSA is a 5, I'm going for a ultrasound guidance prostate biopsy. Is this procedure painful. Is it necessary?

At 55 yes: Prostatic biopsy at 55 is indicated ( yes necessary ) , relatively low low risk out patient procedure , rarely needs strong pain medication for some none after the procedure . ...Read more

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Is a biopsy of the uteus very painful?

Is a biopsy of the uteus very painful?

Cramping: An endometrial biopsy is a very safe and quick procedure to sample the uterus. The only pain associated with this procedure is the holder that is used on your cervix that can cause a cramp and the suction from the tiny straw which also feels like menstrual cramps. Take Ibuprofen before hand. ...Read more

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Is a lapriscopy biopsy usually more accurate than a needle biopsy?

Sometimes: It depends on what is being biopsied and the amount of tissue sent for evaluation. ...Read more

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Painful mole on butt/hip. Feels like bee sting when touched. Just had skin check & 2 moles biopsied.She didn't really check there. Do i need to worry?

Painful mole on butt/hip. Feels like bee sting when touched. Just had skin check & 2 moles biopsied.She didn't really check there. Do i need to worry?

Have it examined: If it is painful, it is best to have it evaluated. Examining it sooner than later can help with treating it more effectively. ...Read more

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I had a vulva biopsy on a mole, something went wrong, I have elevated skin that is painful- i was told it was not a keloid scar, but may need to see a plastic surgeon- what happened to result in this?

I had a vulva biopsy on a mole, something went wrong, I have elevated skin that is painful-  i was told it was not a keloid scar, but may need to see a plastic surgeon-  what happened to result in this?

Healing: We all heal differently, and if you had a full-thickness biopsy that was left to heal itself, it has likely scarred in. A revision - removing the scar and closing the wound with dissolving stitches - may well take care of it. ...Read more

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Does a biopsied mole grow back?

Mole biopsy: It depends on the type of mole biopsied. If your mole is raised and a shave biopsy was done the mole could grow back. Intradermal and compound nevi have a deep component so if the biopsy is a shave, the deeper component may grow back but this may take a long time. ...Read more

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What do abnormal cells in mole biopsy indicate?

How abnormal?: There is a range of abnormalities. The abnormality may be due to physical irritation, inflammation; dysplasia is also abnormal but removal of the lesion should take care of that. At the extreme, the abnormality may be due to cancerous cells. Please discuss the matter with your doctor. ...Read more

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Possible reasons for abnormal cells in mole biopsy ?

Abnormal cells: Certain mole characteristics may lead a physician to biopsy it. Basically, the goal is to rule out a canerous growth. If cells are abnormal, the cells may be in the process of transforming and perhaps, your physician may recommend removing the mole. ...Read more

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I had a black mole biopsied, results showed moderate atypical cells. Should this be watched or removed.

I had a black mole biopsied, results showed moderate atypical cells.  Should this be watched or removed.

Removed: Taking biopsy of a mole is not a usual procedure. The mole should be removed in its entirety and tissue sent to a pathologist for examination. ...Read more

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I had a mole on back biopsied. Dr said it was very very slightly atypical, so she wants to recheck in 6 mos. if it grows back, is this a bad sign?

I had a mole on back biopsied. Dr said it was very very slightly atypical, so she wants to recheck in 6 mos. if it grows back, is this a bad sign?

Not necessarily.: Did she take out the whole mole or just biopsy part of it? Knowing that would help us answer the question properly. Get your follow-up as scheduled. But if it changes rapidly, call and see if you should go back sooner. ...Read more

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I need to understand my pathology report of a mole that was biopsied?

Talk...: to the doctor who did the biopsy for an explanation of the pathology report. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does bad news come back faster for mole biopsies?

NO: Sometimes the pathologists diagnosing the tissue require consultations that maytake weeks. Straight forward diagnosis takes less time. ...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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I had a shave biopsy done on a mole, but after the shave the mole looks like it’s still there. Is this normal?

I had a shave biopsy done on a mole, but after the shave the mole looks like it’s still there. Is this normal?

Yes: It means that the deep part of the nevus remains in the skin. The procedure removed only the surface. Ask the person who did the biopsy. Why the biopsy? Lab report? ...Read more

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Shave biopsy of quite normal looking 3mm mole, 1 day later dark area left in center. Looks dark brown. What could this be?

Shave biopsy of quite normal looking 3mm mole, 1 day later dark area left in center. Looks dark brown. What could this be?

Moles: Some moles have a deeper component that may be represented by a returning raised portion or pigment (darker color) . A dermatologist can examine these areas to discuss the diagnosis and offer treatment if needed. ...Read more

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Mole biopsied 3 months ago came back as a benign congenital mole. It is now starting to growing back in areas. Is this a concern?

Mole biopsied 3 months ago came back as a benign congenital mole. It is now starting to growing back in areas. Is this a concern?

Probably not: This is likely is due to what we call 'recurrent nevus'. In other words, the biopsy showed a benign mole but did not completely remove it. It is now growing back. If you are worried, i would see a dermatologist to have it completely removed. ...Read more

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If a mole is removed by shave biopsy & comes back years later and is re-biopsied, is it normal the original biopsy shows normal but the 2nd displastic?

Yes: it is common for a mole to change Sometimes just the irritation from the shave can make it come back dysplastic but there are many environment factors like sun exposure which can change it. ...Read more

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Mole removed(w/out biopsy) & w/in 2 weeks it grew back. Not perfect circle & dark center & gets lighter until blends w/ skin around.Should i b concerned?

Mole removed(w/out biopsy) & w/in 2 weeks it grew back. Not perfect circle & dark center & gets lighter until blends w/ skin around.Should i b concerned?

Mole removal: First of all, moles should always be biopsied when removed. Often moles will regrow if the original mole was deeper below the skin and a shave removal was done. I would have original dermatologist look at the area who removed it to make sure it is just pigment regrowth from an incompletely removed mole. ...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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