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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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Part of my mole has changed color after a laser hair removal treatment. Should i be concerned?

Part of my mole has changed color after a laser hair removal treatment. Should i be concerned?

Lasers and moles: The laser used for laser hair removal shines in the skin and the hair equally. Pigmented skin, like in a mole, will tend to absorb more laser energy that pale white skin, so color change is possible. On the other hand, if the mole was changing and you only noticed it because you had hair removal in the area, this should be checked out by your dermatologist. If there is any doubt, get checked out. ...Read more

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My mole/freckle has changed within the past month and this is a sign of cancer?

My mole/freckle has changed within the past month and this is a sign of cancer?

Changing mole: Only a physician will be able to decide that. See your doctor and if there is any question, it should be biopsied. ...Read more

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I have a mole on my back that changed from pink to a freckle kind of colour. Is this ok or should I get it checked out?

Get it checked.: Any time you notice a new or changing mole, it's a good idea to have it looked at by a doctor. Melanoma (the worst-case-scenario) is a potentially deadly skin cancer. ...Read more

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1 tiny mole on my arm has changed slightly, now a slight bump instead of just totally flat, still v. Small and doesn't itch but should I be concerned?

1 tiny mole on my arm has changed slightly, now a slight bump instead of just totally flat, still v. Small and doesn't itch but should I be concerned?

GET BIOPSY=be safe: To be safe: any mole change should be biopsied. Change could include: color change, increase in size, bleeding, starting to itch. Signs of melanoma are: assymetry of lesion, indistinct borders, colors red-black, size >1cm. ...Read more

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I found a mole on my back, it hasn't seemed to change in 2 months. Does this look normal to you? Http://i40.Tinypic.Com/290svi1.Png

I found a mole on my back, it hasn't seemed to change in 2 months. Does this look normal to you? Http://i40.Tinypic.Com/290svi1.Png

Can't see pic : However, keep an eye on it. If it is small (<0.25"), uniform in color, well circumcised, symmetric, it is unlikely to be a concern. If it changes, seek dermatological evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a mole on my back that's been there for a long time. Is it normal for a mole to change slightly over a course of months maybe 5 or 6 months?

I have a mole on my back that's been there for a long time. Is it normal for a mole to change slightly over a course of months maybe 5 or 6 months?

See a professional: Everything changes on our bodies. Sometimes these changes are normal, sometimes not. See your family doctor or dermatologist to see if the change you noted in your mole is normal or not. Good luck. ...Read more

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Should I be worried 1mm mole? Started as a pen dot, slowly grew to where it is now w/in ~6 mos, has stayed same since (~1 yr) w/slight pattern changes

Should I be worried 1mm mole? Started as a pen dot, slowly grew to where it is now w/in ~6 mos, has stayed same since (~1 yr) w/slight pattern changes

Biopsy,if it has cha: A mole which has changed in size or color is suspect to be a melanoma. Only a biopsy of the mole is a certain way of checking for melanoma. If in doubt, get it checked by your doctor. They may advise a skin biopsy(of the mole) if it is more than 5 to 6 millimeters in size(bigger than a pencil eraser) ...Read more

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I have a small mole (2mm) for about a year. Have dr appointment in 3 weeks. I think the color may have changed but it only looks that way in certain light. Should I try to get appointments sooner? Mole is pretty symmetrical and has not grown at all

Keep appointment: What you described does not appear to be an urgent matter. Keep your scheduled appointment. 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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Mole suddenly slightly raised. Have an appt in 3 weeks. Do regular moles ever change?

Yes!: A "regular" mole can change into a "bad" mole representing the most dangerous type of skin cancer called melanoma. "ABCDG" is way to distinguish bad from good moles: A: asymmetric can be bad B: hazy border can be bad C: Red, blue, green, dark brown and black changes can be bad D: larger than 1cm can be bad G: growth or change in size/shape can be bad See dermatologist for new mole or changed mole. ...Read more

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Is it better chances of benign if mole has been there for years? 7mm one hair, don't think it changed much slightly if at all

Is it better chances of benign if mole has been there for years? 7mm one hair, don't think it changed much slightly if at all

Changes: Vast majority of the moles are benign. If it has not changed recently, you may keep a watchful eye on it. Visit this site for additional guidance: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/melanoma/basics/symptoms/CON-20026009 ...Read more

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Had a shave removal of a mole, which was benign, but it grew back. Can the removal change the cells to cause it to grow back cancerous?

Had a shave removal of a mole, which was benign, but it grew back. Can the removal change the cells to cause it to grow back cancerous?

Get is excised: A mole can recur which is probably the case with you right now. But it can also be a melanoma. I would recommend you going to a surgeon and get this mole completely re-excised and examined by a pathologist so that you will be able to get a formal pathology report just to be sure that you do not have a melanoma which has been treated as a mole, first time around. ...Read more

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I've had a mole on my chin for at least 10 years now. It's small, round, flesh-colored, and a little shiny. Never changed. Is the shine normal?

I've had a mole on my chin for at least 10 years now. It's small, round, flesh-colored, and a little shiny. Never changed. Is the shine normal?

No changes?: Generally if you have a skin lesion for 10 years without any change in size or appearance it is likely nothing to worry about. However sometimes a basal cell skin cancer can have a shiny pearly appearance and can grow slowly. If it bothers you at all it would be easy to remove and test it to be sure. If it doesn't bother you keep a close watch for any changes or have your MD look at it. ...Read more

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I've noticed this mole back in June 2015, it has a red border, it doesn't hurt or anything, it has not changed in color or size. Should I be worried?

Yes, if it's new: in June 2015. You are a bit old to be developing new moles, and with this red border it is not the "standard" variety. Don't take any chances with moles please. See your primary. ...Read more

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Nevi (Definition)

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