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If a mole changes is it always (or most often) malignant? Saw derm 3 mons ago for a skin check. All looked good. Now mole changing. Have apt to check
Not guaranteed bad.: You are prudent to have this looked at again, as any mole that changes in shape, thickness, color, texture, etc needs to be checked out to make sure it's not cancerous. But these changes are not guarantees or malignancy. It's just better to be safe. ...Read more
Get it checked: Anytime there is a change in the character of a mole in terms of size, color or pain it should be evaluated by a dermatologist or family doctor. Red color indicates blood from increased growth or trauma. There are some growths that are primarily vascular and can be treated with laser instead of excision. ...Read more
Only God knows what: First, you should never do this as you can only complicate your life and make it impossible for your doctor to tell what was this lesion in the first place...It may have been benign or a melanoma...If it was a brown or black mole(red ones are usually benign). If it was a cancer, it may reappear in the same spot or in th nearby areas like skin or lymph nodes draining the skin of this area. Good luc. ...Read more
Yes: Based on your question, it seems like you have already had a biopsy of the lesion. If that is the case, you have some waiting to do. I know that this can be scary and frustrating. Take deep breaths. There is nothing to do right now. Once you get the results, it is important to have your doctor explain, in detail, what the results mean and what the next steps are, if any are needed. ...Read more
Depends: On your age and history. Most halo nevi (moles) occur in young people and represent the body's immune mchanism getting rid of the moles. However, the immune system can also attack cancerous moles (melanoma) and give a halo-like appearance. Best to have all halo nevi evaluated by your physician. ...Read more
Biopsy: Most doctors can tell a non-cancerous mole from one that might be cancerous. You could look up pictures on the web if you don't want to see your doctor. But if you are really worried show him/her next chance you get. Moles which are rough, increasing in size, or bleed or have areas of different color are suspicious. Smooth round flat stable ones are not very suspicious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm having a suspicious mole checked out tomorrow at a health clinic , what should I be expecting?
Exam and: Exam and if suspicious looking to MD, either referral for removal or removal at that time. ...Read more
Dermatologist: It would be preferable for you to see a dermatologist, if possible. However if you are not able to do so for any reason at least have your general doctor take a look at it and begin to treat as he/she deems necessary. ...Read more
Gp wants to remove 2 moles; didn't check for more suspicious ones elsewhere.Family history of melanoma.Is dermatologist better to examine/remove moles?
Possibly: At 43 years old, it is possible that your mole could be something more, if: it has changed in size, shape, color, or sensation. If any of those qualities has changed, seek your doctor's help for referral to a qualified dermatologist now. Early treatment and diagnosis is the key to successful therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have a mole with 2 out of 5 of the abcde symptoms (melanoma) its border and color. Lesion benign?
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
Could be: It could be, particularly if it is asymmetrical in its color distribution, has irregular border, has color variation, and a diameter larger than a pencil eraser. Get it checked out if it concerns you; a good dermatologist can suggest if this really needs to be biopsied or removed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have three moles. Pink, crayon tip sized, follow the ABCDE rule, are raised, had them for a while, & they don't bother me. They seem scary.Suspicious?
Could a flat mole (single freckle/beauty mark) become cancerous like regular past the surface moles do?
Yes: The presence of a flat mole, one that is irregular in shape and has variegated colors withi grey and dark brown areas represent the superficial moles that undergo malignant transformation leading to a nodular growth. The superficial melanomas less than 1mm thick are for the most part in-situ but as thickness (Breslow) develops , not so much as depth of penetration (Clark),it is now invasive. ...Read more
Suspicious mole removed came back completely normal on pathology report. Is there a chance they could have missed a melanoma?
Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?
Yes: In fact, this is fairly common. No one knows where spitz nevus leaves off and a melanoma capable of metastasizing begins. This is one of the hardest calls in pathology, and some say it's impossible. The burning question will be whether to do additional surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Scratched off top part of brown/black mole on leg with fingernail. Aug 2015 skin removed for similar appearing mole, should I be concerned? Dr appt?
Learn your ABCD's: Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. If you have a skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen as well for evaluation and possible biopsy. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers