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I have a mole with a dark spot in it should I get it checked out?

I have a mole with a dark spot in it should I get it checked out?

Better safe: There is no substitute for having a funny mole checked out by a dermatologist. If you're concerned, setup an appointment to have your mole checked out by an expert. ...Read more

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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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Three dermatologists think my mole is fine and one said I should get it off because it's dark and new. What should I do?

Either way: You can probably go either way. The three dermatologists who say it is fine are likely correct. The other is playing it safe just be to 100% certain. From the sound of it, you could probably just keep a close eye on it and if it changes in the next 3-6 months or sooner have it removed. ...Read more

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Can moles get lighter over time without any malignancy? Also, if I get a new tiny mole that looks darker than the others, would that mean malignancy?

No: In general moles do not develop overall depigmentation. Rather halo nevi can be seen . This is a benign skin lesion that is a result of a common melanocytic nevus undergoing an inflammatory process, such that a zone of depigmentation surrounds the nevus. When a melanoma is treated with intralesional BCG regression and depigmentation can be seen with diffuse loss of skin pigment (vitiligo) ...Read more

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What could cause a pre-existing, flat, skin-colored mole on my cheek to get raised & darker after spending time outside (which I never do) last week?

Moles can get raised: but should not necessarily turn darker. Sun exposure can darken a mole, but it should be looked at if it went from flat and flesh colored to raised and dark. Make appointment with dermatologist for probable biopsy to be sure ...Read more

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I have a mole on my shoulder. It has started to get darker, it started to bleed, scabbed up and fell off, it came back and is starting to do the same.

Get it removed: See your doctor , a mole with any change of color , size , shape need careful evaluation , most of the time need to be removed , to make sure it did not turn into melanoma , your doctor will evaluate and make proper referral ...Read more

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I have a mole that used to be raised and dark but over 3 years has flattened, became pale and has split into 3 sections. Should I get this checked out?

Changing mole: Any time you have a mole that "changes" its time to have it evaluated and more than likely removed for analysis. Something in the mole is causing it to change and that may be a sign of skin cancer and rather than worry - have it checked and removed and analyzed - do NOT just have it destroyed. see http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/symptoms.htm good luck ...Read more

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Derm said new mole fine 3 mo ago. Seems bigger & darker. Could this be normal? Should I get biopsied even if derm thinks it's still fine? Still <1mm.

Obsession: Ms. MyhanahQ: You seem to be obsessed with moles. Some of your questions have no answers. You may wish to see a therapist about this obsession. 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. 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. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Definition)

Nevi is a clinical finding for a pigmented area of skin, such as ...Read more