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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What causes a mole to itch?

Itchy mole: Dryness, trauma, healing from trauma, infection, etc.

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What causes a partial mole?

What causes a partial mole?

Partial molar preg: Partial molar pregnancy. An egg is fertilized by two sperm. The placenta becomes the molar growth. Any fetal tissue that forms is likely to have severe defects.

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When to worry about a mole?

See below: If it changes color, becomes larger, develops a nodule, bleeds or ulcerates, it is time to see a doctor. You may consult this site for more info: http://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/tc/skin-cancer-melanoma-symptoms For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine.

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What does a black mole mean?

What does a black mole mean?

Have it biopsied.: Moles can be dangerous especially if their is a family or personal history of skin cancers like melanoma, history of sunburns over the years, moles with different colors within it, have an irregular border, or are itchy and/or have bled. Moles larger than 6mm also need to be evaluated. Please see your doctor and if any of the lesions need a biopsy then it can done. Better to replace a mole with a scar.

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Can a mole appear overnight?

Yes: Likely this is a solar lentigo. If it changes colors or starts to enlarge rapidly than you need to have this evaluated by a physician.

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How to remove mole from skin?

How to remove mole from skin?

See a Doctor.: A mole or pigmented lesion on the skin should only be removed by a licensed physician. See a dermatologist for evaluation of the lesion.

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My mole hurts what should I do?

Get it looked at!: Any time a mole starts to cause any tenderness it should be looked at and a biopsy taken. Has it grown in size? Are the borders irregular? Has it changed shape? Has the texture or color changed? These are all signs to watch for. I recommend having a specialist take a look if you are concerned!

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How do you remove a regular mole?

Nevus excisiom: Moles are known as nevi to doctors. Nevi can be regular or irregular, and can rarely evolve into melanoma. These are often removed under local anesthesia. This means that lidocain can be injected beneath the skin, and the lesion is removed with a small healthy margin of skin around it. They are often sent to a pathologist to make sure they are not irregular or cancerous

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