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I have a raised area on my back, a little larger than a pencil eraser. It is covered with white crusty material that easily falls off, then it bleeds?

I have a raised area on my back, a little larger than a pencil eraser.  It is covered with white crusty material that easily falls off, then it bleeds?

See a dermatologist: A crusted area on the skin that bleeds is suspicious for a skin cancer. Recommend you see a dermatologist who will examine your skin and biopsy any lesions of concern. ...Read more

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My grandson is six weeks old and has a red bump inside his bellybutton about the size of an pencil eraser. It also pusses what could it be?

Umbilical granuloma: This is an irritated growth. It is usually treated with silver nitrate application to the growth. It gets better in a few weeks. Call the doctor to have them do this simple non urgent procedure. ...Read more

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Very small bump in inner cheek (smaller than a pencil eraser), been there over a month, almost feels/looks like a small flap of skin, what is it?

Very small bump in inner cheek (smaller than a pencil eraser), been there over a month, almost feels/looks like a small flap of skin, what is it?

Observe evolution: It looks like you had some type of trauma, which is very common in people. Observe, if it grows fast, see a dentist immediately. Many times it disappears without treatment. If stays longer than a few months, it should be removed and biopsied. ...Read more

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Can moles be bigger than a pencil eraser? What causes them to grow?

Can moles be bigger than a pencil eraser? What causes them to grow?

Yes: Moles can be small or large. If your moles are growing, at age 44, you need to have them evaluated by a physician and possibly removed. ...Read more

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Are melanomas usually a reddish pink irregular looking patch on skin? about the size of a pencil eraser?

Are melanomas usually a reddish pink irregular looking patch on skin? about the size of a pencil eraser?

Yes it can be: Most melanomas are mixtures of brown/black or tan color. Reddish pink would be uncommon. but watch for changes such as further enlargement in size or changes in color. If it gets bigger, get it removed. You could watch it for a few months and decide if it needs to be checked by your doctor in order to be certain. ...Read more

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Can a mole go away? I've had this mole for 2 years min. That has always looked kinda faded. It's smaller than a pencil eraser and mostly one color.

Can a mole go away? I've had this mole for 2 years min. That has always looked kinda faded. It's smaller than a pencil eraser and mostly one color.

It is possible: Some moles will slowly disappear, seeming to fade away, but others will become raised far from the skin. If concerned see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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