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How to tell the difference between freckles and melanoma ?

How to tell the difference between freckles and melanoma ?

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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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common 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 & ...Read more


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The dermatologist removed a large dark freckle yesterday and told me he doesn't think it's melanoma but does think it has abnormal cells? Meaning?

The dermatologist removed a large dark freckle yesterday and told me he doesn't think it's melanoma but does think it has abnormal cells? Meaning?

Abnormal Mole?: The answer to your question will be provided by the Pathologist after he has looked at the biopsy of the freckly that was taken by the dermatologist. Be sure to get hold of this report and tell us what it says. There are abnormal moles called dysplastic(meaning abnormal cells short of a melanoma) but they can only be seen under the microscope/yet can be suspected which is what dermatologist meant. ...Read more

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I have what looks like a freckel in my scalp a liitle more orange looking abiut 3mm by 3mm flat, I am having it checked in two weeks, melanoma?

I have what looks like a freckel in my scalp a liitle more orange looking abiut 3mm by 3mm flat, I am having it checked in two weeks, melanoma?

Probably not: This is probably not melanoma but it is good that you are having it checked out particularly if it is new or if you think it has changed. Any lesion that is a-asymmetric, b- has irregular borders, c- has color variation, or d- looks different (is changing) should be considered suspicious. ...Read more

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I've read that using melanotan can cause existing moles to darken/new moles or freckles to develop. Am I increasing my risk of melanoma?

I've read that using melanotan can cause existing moles to darken/new moles or freckles to develop. Am I increasing my risk of melanoma?

Lets be sure re-meds: I need to be certain about the exact spelling of the drug/medicine that you are taking. is it Melatonin??? or some other supplement ? Once you have confirmed it, let me know. There is no medicine that increases the risk of melanoma, Just sun tanning(UV rays) is bad and will increase the risk of developing melanoma. ...Read more

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I have a tiny light colored freckle between my toes. Are freckles located here always concerning for melanoma even if they are small and not dark?

I have a tiny light colored freckle between my toes.  Are freckles located here always concerning for melanoma even if they are small and not dark?

Watch it close...: Sometimes, it's just a freckle. A sudden change in color, size of texture should certainly cause you to have it evaluated. But remember, sometimes it's jut a freckle. If you have reason to suspect otherwise, there's no problem with having a dermatologist do a quick check. But sometimes, it's just a freckle. ...Read more

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How am i supposed to know if a mole or a freckle is just that or in fact signs of melanoma cancer?

How am i supposed to know if a mole or a freckle is just that or in fact signs of melanoma cancer?

When in doubt - eval: American academy of dermatology: 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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I just noticed a freckle on the bottom of my foot that was not there before. How do I know if it is plantar melanoma?

See your doctor: While this might be something very benign, it is important that you see your doctor with something that is very new or changed in appearance. You might need a biopsy to determine what it is, and appropriate care started. Some skin lesions can get worse quickly (such as melanoma). Get it looked at! ...Read more

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What is melanoma?

What is melanoma?

Skin cancer: Melanoma is a cancer that develops in the melanocytes, pigmented cells of the outer layer of skin. While it is related to sun and uv radiation, it is possible to get melanoma in areas that receive minimal sun exposure. Melanoma is generally considered the most dangerous form of skin cancer, more likely to metastasize than the more common basal or squamous cell cancers. ...Read more

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Freckle (Definition)

A freckle is a small brown spot on your skin, caused by sun exposure. Use your abcde's to tell the difference between a freckle and skin cancer. A=asymmetry. B=border [irregular]. C=color [irregular]. D=diameter [larger than a pencil eraser]. E=evolving [change in color, size, height, new symptoms like bleeding, itching or crusting]. These are danger signs that ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more