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I have a mole with 2 out of 5 of the abcde symptoms (melanoma) its border and color. Lesion benign?

I have a mole with 2 out of 5 of the abcde symptoms (melanoma) its border and color. Lesion benign?

Tell me more: The most significant features to watch are size(>5mm) and mixture of colors(C and D). Tell us which 2 features are causing you concern??? Then we can guide you further in terms of the need for doing a biopsy or not. ...Read more

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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Can a neck mole get darker from sun exposure? It hasn't demonstrated any other other signs/symptoms of melanoma. I'm a 20 Y/O man. Biopsy in July.

Can a neck mole get darker from sun exposure? It hasn't demonstrated any other other signs/symptoms of melanoma. I'm a 20 Y/O man. Biopsy in July.

Not likely: If the mole is changing over a fairly short period of time, you are right to get it evaluated and biopsied. While sunlight is implicated in the causation of melanoma, there is no evidence that it will change a mole that is pre-existing. ...Read more

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Are all asymmetrical moles melanoma?

Are all asymmetrical moles melanoma?

No: Asymmetry is one sign of melanoma (along with non-smooth borders, color, and size (diameter= abcd). But many benign moles are asymmetric, as well. Have it checked out. If a melanoma, the office visit may be life saving - if benign, you will be reassured and can stop worrying. ...Read more

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How do I know if my mole become melanoma?

How do I know if my mole become melanoma?

Changes: Changes in size, shape, irregular borders, coloration can all signifiy malignant change. See a dermatologist asap if you have mole changes. ...Read more

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Is a two colored mole pr definition melanoma?

Is a two colored mole pr definition melanoma?

It's complicated: Any suspicious mole should be checked by your doctor. Moles with multiple colors are surely more suspicious for melanoma, but not definitive. On the other hand, some melanomas have no pigmentation, making them much harder to diagnose. ...Read more

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How can I tell if an existing mole is melanoma?

How can I tell if an existing mole is melanoma?

See a dermatologist: Definitely seek the opinion of your dermatologist. There are many mimics of melanoma. Luckily most existing moles do not evolve into melanoma. That said, most dermatologists will biopsy moles that have changed. "change" can mean it's color, size, shape, symptoms of itchiness, or even history of bleeding. ...Read more

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How often do irregular moles turn into melanoma?

Moles and Melanoma: Moles that have asymmetry, border irregularity, color changes or that increase in size should be evaluated to rule out melanoma. Visual inspection is not completely accurate and must often be supplemented with a biopsy to make a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does an atypical mole usually turn into melanoma?

Atypical nevi: Atypical moles(nevi), prescancerous nevi, dysplastic nevi are classified as mild, moderate and severe. After severe is melanoma. It is believed than normal moles go through this progression to become a melanoma. Thus, skin screening is important to pick up the precancerous nevi before they turn into melanoma. ...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


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