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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


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How often should you get a mole checked?

How often should you get a mole checked?

I recommend that: my patients have a head to toe dermatologic examination every year. In some cases the evaluating dermatologist might wish to evaluated more often than that. ...Read more

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What's a good way to check if my mole is cancerous?

What's a good way to check if my mole is cancerous?

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 more

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What are the steps to take to get a suspicious mole checked?

Mole assessment: Just get an appointment with a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. The rest will come after the assessment. Best to you. ...Read more

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I have a mole with a dark spot in it should I get it checked out?

Better safe: There is no substitute for having a funny mole checked out by a dermatologist. If you're concerned, setup an appointment to have your mole checked out by an expert. ...Read more

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I have a mole on my back that at started scanning over for no reason should I get it checked?

Unclear description: If the mole has increased in size, become irregular, changed color, developed a nodule, or started bleeding, it would be prudent to have it checked. ...Read more

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I have had this mole on my chest for all my life. It doesn't pain or bother me really but should I get it checked?

Change ?: If a mole has been present for many years and has not grown or changed in any way , chances are good that it is benign. But if it enlarges , thickens , becomes irregular, discolored or inflamed or bleeds -- it is imperative to have it checked. ...Read more

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I have small mole on shoulder, same color as others, flat. Area near surface bled 3 mos. ago & healed normally. Dr checked 4 mos ago, ok. Is it ok?

I have small mole on shoulder, same color as others, flat. Area near surface bled 3 mos. ago & healed normally. Dr checked 4 mos ago, ok. Is it ok?

It's a common: MISconception that injury to a mole triggers cancer ...not so...benign mole are benign and the only possible "trigger" to that mole becoming "malignant" is SUNLIGHT thus the IMPORTANCE of using sunscreen and getting your skin checked regularly if you have multiple moles! Hope this helps/have a safe summer! Dr Z ...Read more

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Definition)

Nevi is a clinical finding for a pigmented area of skin, such as ...Read more