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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)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common 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 & ...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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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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Is it possible for a mole that is bigger than 6mm diameter to not be melanoma?

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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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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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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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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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the ...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