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I have a mole with 2 out of 5 of the abcde symptoms (melanoma) its border and color. Lesion benign?

I have a mole with 2 out of 5 of the abcde symptoms (melanoma) its border and color. Lesion benign?

Tell me more: The most significant features to watch are size(>5mm) and mixture of colors(C and D). Tell us which 2 features are causing you concern??? Then we can guide you further in terms of the need for doing a biopsy or not. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more


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Can a neck mole get darker from sun exposure? It hasn't demonstrated any other other signs/symptoms of melanoma. I'm a 20 Y/O man. Biopsy in July.

Can a neck mole get darker from sun exposure? It hasn't demonstrated any other other signs/symptoms of melanoma. I'm a 20 Y/O man. Biopsy in July.

Not likely: If the mole is changing over a fairly short period of time, you are right to get it evaluated and biopsied. While sunlight is implicated in the causation of melanoma, there is no evidence that it will change a mole that is pre-existing. ...Read more

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How do I know if my mole become melanoma?

How do I know if my mole become melanoma?

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

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Is a two colored mole pr definition melanoma?

Is a two colored mole pr definition melanoma?

It's complicated: Any suspicious mole should be checked by your doctor. Moles with multiple colors are surely more suspicious for melanoma, but not definitive. On the other hand, some melanomas have no pigmentation, making them much harder to diagnose. ...Read more

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How can I tell if an existing mole is melanoma?

How can I tell if an existing mole is melanoma?

See a dermatologist: Definitely seek the opinion of your dermatologist. There are many mimics of melanoma. Luckily most existing moles do not evolve into melanoma. That said, most dermatologists will biopsy moles that have changed. "change" can mean it's color, size, shape, symptoms of itchiness, or even history of bleeding. ...Read more

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Does an atypical mole usually turn into melanoma?

Atypical nevi: Atypical moles(nevi), prescancerous nevi, dysplastic nevi are classified as mild, moderate and severe. After severe is melanoma. It is believed than normal moles go through this progression to become a melanoma. Thus, skin screening is important to pick up the precancerous nevi before they turn into melanoma. ...Read more

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Need to know what a mole with melanoma looks like and does?

Need to know what a mole with melanoma looks like and does?

Many ways: The bottom line is that melanoma is a potentially deadly form of skin cancer that can have close to a 100% cure rate if detected early. If you have any mole that concerns you for any reason you should see a dermatologist asap. ...Read more

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What to do if i itched a mole and it came off! is it melanoma?

What to do if i itched a mole and it came off! is it melanoma?

Possibly: In some cases, melanoma can present as an itching mole. If there is any thing left at the site, wether it is pigmented (black or brown) or not (pink), you should see your doctor for a check up and possible biopsy. If there is nothing left but you are still worried, go see your doctor. If there is nothing left and you are fine with it, observe clsoely for any thing that grows back. ...Read more

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26 male small black mole with a perfect pink around it. Melanoma?

26 male small black mole with a perfect pink around it. Melanoma?

Impossible to: Tell without actually looking at it. If it is more than 4mm, consult a dermatologist for possible biopsy. ...Read more

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Usually, does melanoma cause pain in the mole itself or around it?

Usually, does melanoma cause pain in the mole itself or around it?

Melanoma: The first melanoma signs and symptoms often are: 1) a change in an existing mole 2) the development of a new pigmented or unusual-looking growth on your skin melanoma doesn't always begin as a mole. It can also occur on otherwise normal-appearing skin. Melanomas rarely cause any pain. ...Read more

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Is melanoma more likely to grow in a mole than just on normal skin?

Is melanoma more likely to grow in a mole than just on normal skin?

Yes: Given your fixation with melanoma you may wish to consult this site for information: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-melanoma/ ...Read more

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What is the difference between a severely atypical mole and melanoma?

The difference is...: That atypia in a mole (or nevus) is generally thought to represent a premalignant change but not an invasive malignancy. A melanoma is a malignant tumor that can invade surrounding tissue and metastasize (spread) to other organs and lymph nodes. The difference is premalignant vs. Malignant. ...Read more

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Can a mole morph into melanoma, or does it have to start out as a melanoma?

Can a mole morph into melanoma, or does it have to start out as a melanoma?

Moles can "morph": Moles can change into melanomas, or they can arise out of sun damaged skin. People with many moles on their body can benefit from regular visits to their dermatologist for regular surveillance and early diagnosis of melanoma or other skin cancer. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a mole that is bigger than 6mm diameter to not be melanoma?

Yes: Just because a mole is above a certain size or a certain color doesn't mean necessarily rule in or rule out melanoma. However, if you are worried and not comfortable 'just watching' it you can likely request a biopsy or for a little more reassurance. Good luck! ...Read more

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If a mole hasn't changed in 3 months or more, what is the chance it could be melanoma?

If a mole hasn't changed in 3 months or more, what is the chance it could be melanoma?

Dermatologist: Statistically, any mole has a low chance of being a melanoma. ABCDEFG danger signs: Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Colour variation, Diameter >6 mm, Elevated, Firm, Growing progressively for a month or more. Any concern: see a dermatologist. ...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


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more