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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can you tell whether the mole is harmful or not? I have a lot of moles around my chest area always have. I've never paid attention to them till re
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
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.
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
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
Had 4 moles shaved in 2nd trimester. They numbed the area with novacaine, should I be concerned with adverse effects on my baby?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer