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Can atypical mole be raise without flat edges?

Can atypical mole be raise without flat edges?

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

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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Is it possible for mole with different shades of brown & colour fading at edge to be benign?

Is it possible for mole with different shades of brown & colour fading at edge to be benign?

Pigmented Nevus: Yes it may still be benign. The abcd criteria is more of a screening instrument to identify nevi worrisome for dysplasia or malignant melanoma and is not very specific. A biopsy is your surest way to tell. ...Read more

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I've had a mole for about two yrs which is very different to all the others, asymmetrical nearly black and scalloped edges. Is it ok as it hasn't grow?

I've had a mole for about two yrs which is very different to all the others, asymmetrical nearly black and scalloped edges. Is it ok as it hasn't grow?

Have it checked: I highly recommend that you see a dermatologist. Although it hasn't been changing, it does have the markers that we recommend you watch for, which are the potential signs for a malignant melanoma. So, I recommend that you see a dermatologist in the near future (ideally within the next 1-2 weeks) to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a cancerous mole to spread? When i touch it and its red around the edge. Do you think it's cancerous?

How long does it take for a cancerous mole to spread? When i touch it and its red around the edge. Do you think it's cancerous?

It takes time: Cancer often remains localized for a finite period of time. The whole process takes weeks to months to evolve. So there is ample time to get yourself checked and verify if it is anything that needs a biopsy or not. Many skin conditions are labeled as moles but they may not be melanoma precursors or moles, that can become a melanoma. You should go see a dermatologist when in doubt. ...Read more

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Raised mole on my back. One color, smooth edges. It's itching now - should I be concerned? How long would removal take? Who do I contact for removal?

Raised mole on my back. One color, smooth edges. It's itching now - should I be concerned? How long would removal take? Who do I contact for removal?

Get checked: Usually smooth borders and non variegated coloration indicate less likely malignant. Agree that evaluation by specialist is needed. ...Read more

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I've developed a freckle or mole on the side edge of my nipple. Should i be concerned?

I've developed a freckle or mole on the side edge of my nipple.  Should i be concerned?

Have it checked: It's impossible to say whether this is something to be concerned about. However, new moles should be checked out by a dermatologist to ensure that there is no need for concern. I hope this information is helpful. Stephen weber, M.D. Lone tree facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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On my lower back I have a dark red kind of purplish mole with uneven edges that appears and disappears from time to time, could it be bad?

Sounds vascular: It sounds like it is some form of blood-vessel related growth, like an angioma or hemangioma, rather than a typical "mole". How large is it? Is it raised? How long have you had it? Without a photo, it's hard to tell by your description - see a dermatologist for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Mole that is black&brown, raised like pimple. Edges on one side r crooked but round on the other. Was flat/tan, has changed slowly over 7yrs. Benign?

Mole that is black&brown, raised like pimple. Edges on one side r crooked but round on the other. Was flat/tan, has changed slowly over 7yrs. Benign?

Wow: Well described, but I don't think there is a physician that would venture a diagnosis based on a description. Might I suggest a consultation with a dermatologist? ...Read more

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I have a red mole that has darkened& grown during preg. It's now dark red w/ dark spots along edges w/ irreg border.Is this normal or should I worry?

I have a red mole that has darkened& grown during preg. It's now dark red w/ dark spots along edges w/ irreg border.Is this normal or should I worry?

See Dermatologist: You need to have a Dermatologist look at the moles to give you an accurate answer. Holy" Moley"! I am unable to see the moles in this venue. ...Read more

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Definition)

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