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I've noticed 6 atypical moles on me. Im really scared. Everything I've read says that if i don't have melanoma my odds are so much i may as well have it?
Atypical nevi : Self-diagnosis is not advised. Your regular doctor or dermatologist should decide if the moles are atypical moles. You can help by taking pictures every few months and report any changes to them. Your doctor may have to perform a simple office based skin biopsy if the moles look atypical. Regardless, wear sunscreen and consume a mindful diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
2 atypical moles on back; meet all standards of melanoma. Dr concerned due to "depth", wants to excise completely. Should i be worried?
Concerned: I would allow your doctor to excise these lesions if they are concerned about them. This will allow a pathologist to make a diagnosis. Skin cancers that are detected in the earliest stages are highly treatable. Remember to limit your exposure to UV radiation. When outdoors, wear sunscreen and try to cover up as much as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ABCDEFG: No. Only one of danger signs. ABCDEFG danger signs: Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Colour variation, Diameter >6 mm, Elevated, Firm, Growing progressively for a month or more. See a dermatologist to make sure mole is safe. ...Read more
No, they do not: Dysplastic nevi are considered a marker for melanoma risk but not a precursor lesion. Most melanomas arise on normal skin, not in a mole. Sometimes moles do develop melanoma & they start changing, one of the things we look for when suspecting melanoma. We look for abcde asymmetry, border irregularity, color irregularity & change or evolution in melanoma. Any changing mole needs to be seen by derm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer