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Could a flat mole (single freckle/beauty mark) become cancerous like regular past the surface moles do?

Could a flat mole (single freckle/beauty mark) become cancerous like regular past the surface moles do?

Yes: The presence of a flat mole, one that is irregular in shape and has variegated colors withi grey and dark brown areas represent the superficial moles that undergo malignant transformation leading to a nodular growth. The superficial melanomas less than 1mm thick are for the most part in-situ but as thickness (Breslow) develops , not so much as depth of penetration (Clark),it is now invasive. ...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


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About flesh color moles that grew over 6 month time?

About flesh color moles that grew over 6 month time?

Skin check : It's not something you need to see the doctor today for, but in the next 1-2 weeks you should have them checked out. If there's ever any change in color, size, consistency, borders in moles over a few weeks to months, it's best to get them looked at. Moles that start to bleed, itch, or form scabs are also concerning. ...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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Are halo moles (white circle around mole) dangerous for your health?

Depends: On your age and history. Most halo nevi (moles) occur in young people and represent the body's immune mchanism getting rid of the moles. However, the immune system can also attack cancerous moles (melanoma) and give a halo-like appearance. Best to have all halo nevi evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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Approx 3 mm mole, flat, brown,one color, irregular shape and border .Been at least a year.Likely longer. No change that I know, melanoma chance?

Approx 3 mm mole, flat, brown,one color, irregular shape and border .Been at least a year.Likely longer. No change that I know, melanoma chance?

Biopsy: 32 yo lady with a question about a pigmented lesion. Irregular shape and border are concerning findings when it comes to pigmented lesions. Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, and Evolution=ABCDE Here is a link to the CDC website on skin cancer. If a lesion is suspicious, a dermatologist can take a biopsy so a pathologist can look at the cells under the microscope for definitive answer. Good luck ...Read more

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Had spitz nevi removed due togrowing rapidly. Biopsy required deeper excision. Now long mole has grown on top of scar n several smaller moles around.

Had spitz nevi removed due togrowing rapidly. Biopsy required deeper excision. Now long mole has grown on top of scar n several smaller moles around.

Nevi: I think it is very important you recheck with the dermatologist about the biopsy report and you too must report your new nevi to the dematologist who performed the biopsy as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Rapidly growing, even boardered,uniform colored brown spot on neck.Seeing derm in 3 weeks.Gp concerned about skin cancer. Low risk its melanoma? Im 21

Rapidly growing, even boardered,uniform colored brown spot on neck.Seeing derm in 3 weeks.Gp concerned about skin cancer. Low risk its melanoma? Im 21

ABCDE of melanoma: Check out http://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/abcds-of-melanoma-skin-cancer as quick reference to ABCDEs of skin cancer. You didn't mention size but it's change/growing thus evolving. While melanoma is rare in 21yo, I agree that evaluation is key. May need biopsy for absolute proof. ...Read more

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Do all jagged edged moles mean cancer?

No: It is hard to know if your moles are concerning without an examination. It is concerning when moles change - change in size, color, become irregularly shaped, itch, bleed. Most moles are relatively easy to remove and test. Please see your primary doctor or a surgeon to see if this needs to be removed and tested. ...Read more

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Derm biopsied (shave) concerning "notched" mole- side of breast, below underarm. Was benign. All research strongly discourages method. Should I worry?

Derm biopsied (shave) concerning "notched" mole- side of breast, below underarm. Was benign. All research strongly discourages method. Should I worry?

Well: Shave biopsy is generally avoided in any skin spot that might be a melanoma. Generally shave biopsy is fine for other type skin cancers like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma the skin. You really need to call the doctor who did a biopsy to get specific diagnosis treatment or advice ...Read more

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I have a mole larger than a pencil eraser since birth. Top is crusty. Melanoma?

I have a mole larger than a pencil eraser since birth. Top is crusty. Melanoma?

Melanoma: Good to have it checked by a Doctor, especially if it's located in a place in your body where is frequently exposed to the sun. ...Read more

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Are raised moles more likely to turn into melanoma than flat moles?

Are raised moles more likely to turn into melanoma than flat moles?

Probably not: You may watch and wait. If the mole doubles in size, becomes irregular in size, shape or color, bleeds, ulcerates or develops a nodule, see a doctor. 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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Does melanoma contine to grow and change on skin. Just had mole removed dr feels aytipical no changes at least in last 2 years and seen four derms (6mth screenings) rounded flat dark brown 5-6mm mole?

Does melanoma contine to grow and change on skin.  Just had mole removed dr feels aytipical no changes at least in last 2 years and seen four derms (6mth screenings) rounded flat dark brown 5-6mm mole?

Ugly duckling: No hard and fast rules about when to watch and when to cut. One way to decide is the ugly duckling principle. If one mole looks a lot different then the rest remove it. If a lot of abnormal moles take the worst, the one that is changing, or new. For sure remove if =/>7mm irreg shape > 2 colors fuzzy borders. There is also the willy factor. If it gives me the "willies" get it out. Good health ...Read more

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Mole grew back 6 weeks after shave. Report compound melanocytic nevus architectural disorder moderate cytologic atypia. What's this mean, melanoma ?

Seek 2nd opinion: Recurrence of a mole makes it likely that it is a melanoma. You should get further surgery done by a melanoma expert(surgical Oncologist). It always useful to seek 2 or 3 opinions and go with the aggregate of the recommendation, provided to you. ...Read more

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Brown/tan color freckle on top of right chest bit darker then skin tone gyno thinks its a freckle doesn't itch 4mm size & asymmetrical is itskin cancer?

Brown/tan color freckle on top of right chest bit darker then skin tone gyno thinks its a freckle doesn't itch 4mm size & asymmetrical is itskin cancer?

Probably not: However, since you asked us, you will certainly want to take it to a dermatologist. We can't diagnose at a distance on just a description. Many people have a lentigo or two on the upper body that looks out of place, and if a person feels uncomfortable about it, it's often wise to trust their intuition and simply remove it. ...Read more

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3 mm dark brown raised mole hasn't changed in over a year. Chance it's cancer?

Unlikely: 3 mm is quite small. If it is unchanged in over a year, symmetrical, and fairly uniform in color it almost certainly a benign mole (nevus). Melanomas usually change in color or have color variation, grow in size, and have asymmetrical borders. ...Read more

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