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How can you tell whether the mole is harmful or not?

How can you tell whether the mole is harmful or not?

If worried, see Dr.: Hard to tell sometimes, but some moles are more worrisome than others. A dermatologist can look for, examine, and biopsy suspicious moles. Concerning signs are: asymmetry (one half of the mole growing faster than the other half), border irregular, more than 1 color in the mole, diameter more than 6mm, and the mole is elevated above the surrounding skin. ...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


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What happens once you remove a dangerous/harmful mole?

Depends: First, I am assuming this was not a skin cancer, right? If it was just a benign mole that was harmful by its location or symptoms or a dangerous (pre-cancerous) mole, nothing happens except healing of the site and conversion to, hopefully, an acceptable scar. If the mole was pre-cancerous, you need to be checked for others periodically (every year or so) by a dermatologist. Avoid the sun, also. ...Read more

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Are mole removing creams harmful? I wanna remove a natural mole. But can I be at higher risk of getting skin cancer for doing this? Im 16.

Creams not effective: If you have a dark mole you can not remove it with creams nor should you try. The only way to remove a true mole is to excise it completely. If your mole has irregular features it should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a patient request having a mole cut off? Or will the doctor only remove a mole if they suspect it's harmful?

Can a patient request having a mole cut off? Or will the doctor only remove a mole if they suspect it's harmful?

If the doctor: is comfortable doing procedures for cosmetic reasons, then that doctor should be able to remove it for you. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have adverse reaction to numbing injections or gels, for example at a mole biopsy?

Is it possible to have adverse reaction to numbing injections or gels, for example at a mole biopsy?

Possible: You never know how your body will respond to any medication until you don't have it, so off course you can have an adverse reaction. It could be more frequenly a local reaction with inflamation on the area where the shot was placed or a more generalized reaction. ...Read more

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Are there harmful symptoms associated with moles?

Are there harmful symptoms associated with moles?

Not usually: Unless your mole becomes cancerous, meaning melanoma, then mole will not usually cause you any harmful symptoms. ...Read more

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What is a mole?

What is a mole?

moles: Moles are growths of cells in the skin. There are many types of moles some dangerous and some not. In fact, most moles are not dangerous. Some moles arise a new in adulthood, but the important thing about a mole is that any spot on your skin that you don't understand or that you don't think has been there for years should be looked at. You should have a mole check once a year at least. See a derma. ...Read more

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What is a black mole?

What is a black mole?

Blue nevus: A blue nevis is a very dark mole. This can not be determined just by appearance. Since moles can be abnormal a very dark mole should be evaluated and possibly biopsied by a dermatologist.Even benign lesions can change and a delay in diagnosis and treatment of a melanoma can make a significant difference in prognosis. ...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