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My doctor says I have a nevus in my eye. Will it become a cancer?

My doctor says I have a nevus in my eye. Will it become a cancer?

Possibly: Some locations of nevi are more likely than others to become cancers tha others. Watch all for changes. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I was told I have a nevus in my eye. Follow up in a year. How often do these become cancer? I think the Dr said it was in the choroidal area?

I was told I have a nevus in my eye.  Follow up in a year.  How often do these become cancer? I think the Dr said it was in the choroidal area?

Very rare: I have never experienced one becoming a cancer but it does happen. Ask your eye professional about the chance. If it is stable over several years, they won't watch it very closely after that. ...Read more

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My optometrist said he thinks I have a skin cancer on my eyelid and wants to remove it for me. Is this ok or should I see a dermatologist instead?

My optometrist said he thinks I have a skin cancer on my eyelid and wants to remove it for me.  Is this ok or should I see a dermatologist instead?

Not recommended: Optometrists are not usually trained to to biopsies or surgery of eyelids. I suggest you see either a dermatologist or ophthalmologist. Possibly even oculoplastic specialist. ...Read more

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I had a red mark the size of a pencil eraser near my iris. It has now spread and gotten bigger. I can't get in to see my eye dr. Should i be worried?

I had a red mark the size of a pencil eraser near my iris. It has now spread and gotten bigger. I can't get in to see my eye dr. Should i be worried?

Conjunctival hem.: If this is on the white of the eye, it is probably a subconjunctival hemorrhage, which is a usually spontaneous hemorrhage underneath the lining of the white of the eye. It is usually painless or only mildly irritated, and often is present upon awakening in the morning. Coughing, straining, rubbing can also cause this. They usually clear within a few days. See your doctor if you are not sure. ...Read more

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I had a lump in my arm. I got it removed and the doctor said that it was a fatty lump. Now I have more in my legs.He didn't send the lump for biopsy. What should I do?

I had a lump in my arm. I got it removed and the doctor said that it was a fatty lump. Now I have more in my legs.He didn't send the lump for biopsy. What should I do?

Have these taken out: If you are concerned ask doctors to take one out and send to lab for pathology report as a rule most tissues removed are sent for histology.Most fatty lumps called lipoma are not removed always. ...Read more

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I have a freckle on my arm and it has become a lump with red under it. Should i see a doctor?

I have a freckle on my arm and it has become a lump with red under it. Should i see a doctor?

Changing freckle: Any mole or freckle that is changing needs to be seen asap. Yes, please see your doctor so it can be checked. ...Read more

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Hi, I noticed a weird lesion in my 3 yrs old daughter's lower eyelid about a week ago. the pediatrician said it's a stye, but I feel that it doesn't look like a stye , can you please take a look at the photo and tell me what you think?

Hi, I noticed a weird lesion in my 3 yrs old daughter's lower eyelid about a week ago. the pediatrician said it's a stye, but I feel that it doesn't look like a stye , can you please take a look at the photo and tell me what you think?

Wrong site: The public HealthTap site is designed to provide general medical advise.The docs on the site are not able to review any lab,pictures, files,etc. that you may want to submit.It is also not a chat room, so we cannot review any prior or future submissions.There is a paid concierge service where you locate a physician willing to do a private consultation.Please consult the site information for directi ...Read more

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My uvula has a long extension that seems to have a bump on the end. Its abnormal and i'm worried. Anybody seen this, can I send a pic? I saw it today

My uvula has a long extension that seems to have a bump on the end. Its abnormal and i'm worried. Anybody seen this, can I  send a pic? I saw it today

Uvula Bump: Ask your dentist or physician to check it... If there is any doubt an ENT specialist would be able to diagnose and treat you. ...Read more

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A spot in the white of my eye, looks like a freckle. Eye doc said no need to remove it. What is it anyway, and why did it develop? Had it for 10 years

A spot in the white of my eye, looks like a freckle. Eye doc said no need to remove it. What is it anyway, and why did it develop? Had it for 10 years

Nevus: You have a small pigmented nevus on the white of the eye. This is just pigment cells that have normally divided and done this enough so that you can see it in the mirror. These are invariably benign, no need to remove it is true, but they can be removed as a cosmetic issue usually in an ophthalmologist's office. These rarely ever become a real problem. ...Read more

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My gland in my neck has been swollen for a very long time my doctor said I have a virus but won't find out what it is could I have cancer?

My gland in my neck has been swollen for a very long time my doctor said I have a virus but won't find out what it is could I have cancer?

No cancer: It is not cancer since they are there for a long time cancer behavior is not like that usually shorter interval to progress. ...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