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I have about 20 moles I'd like to have removed because I dislike them. Is there any reason I shouldn't have them removed?

I have about 20 moles I'd like to have removed because I dislike them. Is there any reason I shouldn't have them removed?

Moles: If none of your moles look concerning, removing them is completely cosmetic and might not be covered by insurance. See a dermatologist. Best of luck. ...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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My hubby got 6 moles on his face in one month. What is the reason for this?

My hubby got 6 moles on his face in one month. What is the reason for this?

Many Possibilities: You husband needs to be evaluated by his physician. Many different medical conditions can cause skin changes, and the appearance of new moles, especially on the face, needs to be investigated. ...Read more

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I have a mole on my back that at started scanning over for no reason should I get it checked?

I have a mole on my back that at started scanning over for no reason should I get it checked?

Unclear description: If the mole has increased in size, become irregular, changed color, developed a nodule, or started bleeding, it would be prudent to have it checked. ...Read more

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My sis has a mole on face. She now feels its increasing in size. What could be the reason. Its brown in color?

Any change in a mole: Needs to be looked at by a doctor. Please encourage your sister to see her doc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am 26 years, I am getting extra moles on my face everyweek one new mole what is reason and solution?

I am 26 years, I am getting extra moles on my face everyweek one new mole what is reason and solution?

Sun exposure: Many times this is a sign of too much sun exposure either now or in your past. Please go for a skin check with your family doctor and add daily sunscreen. ...Read more

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A largish light brown mole has just appeared on my arm within a day, I'm 24, is there any reason for concern?

A largish light brown mole has just appeared on my arm within a day, I'm 24, is there any reason for concern?

Yes, get it checked!: How large? A mole approaching the size of a pencil eraser is suspicious, especially if it is growing or new. Moles with irregular borders, changes in color, different colors in the same mole, bleeding, itching, or large size are all signs of possible melanoma skin cancer. A dermatologist or primary care physician can check it out. Early detection of melanoma is key! ...Read more

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Had a benign-looking mole surgically excised for cosmetic reasons. For some reason the Dr did not send for pathology. Do I have any options now to check the tissue to make sure the area is benign? Or do I have to wait to see if something grows back?

Tissue availability: If the doctor did not submit the mole for examination by a pathologist at the time of removal, the tissue is unlikely to be available now. It is very unlikely that mole was anything other than benign, however, one needs to keep in mind that a pathologist makes the final diagnosis.
I wish you good health. ...Read more

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Identical moles on exactly the opposite sides of the body. S this a normal thing also 2 moles on same side of body next to each other is this ok?

Identical moles on exactly the opposite sides of the body. S this a normal thing also 2 moles on same side of body next to each other is this ok?

Hardness: The main thing to be concerned about is change in shape, Hardness and any bleeding. A biopsy mat bee needed to rule out malignancy. ...Read more

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I have had a few moles/growths pop up on my back recently, my recommendations where I can go to get them checked or removed please. I have a smart essential plan. Don’t think it’s covered in my plan but I am just looking for assistance on where to go?

GP or Dermatologist: Most primary care doctors will have training in how to check moles and if they require removal are often able to do so. Alternatively a dermatologist or plastic surgeon could also be useful, particularly the dermatologist since this is their area. Here's some recommended dermatologists in the Johannesburg area if that's any help:
http://dermatologistsinjohannesburg. Co.za ...Read more

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What causes moles?

They are natural: Moles, "nevi", also called "beauty marks" are pigmented skin growths that usually appear at a very young age but can become more apparent with further growth. The vast majority are totally benign and don't require treatment. Rarely, if a mole changes suddenly, consult with a dermatologist for possible biopsy as abnormal cells may be present. ...Read more

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What causes Moles?

What causes Moles?

They just happen: They actually result from a couple of mutations happening in a single cell of the nerve sheath family -- schwann cell or actual melanocyte depending on the kind of mole. These lesions are subclassified into lentigos, several types of common nevi, and a bunch of others. Common nevi and lentigos are more common if you got sunburns as a kid. There's a genetic component. Watch your nevi closely. ...Read more

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What do moles mean?

What do moles mean?

Skin Growth: A mole is a lesion on the skin which is usually darker than the surrounding skin. It may be flat or raised. It may or may not have hairs. ...Read more

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How to remove moles?

Excision: Moles are removed with surgical excision.

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Why do we have moles?

Moles: Moles are simply a collection of cells (melanocytes) that develop over time. Genetics have a strong role. Any changing mole should be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Why do new moles itch?

Why do new moles itch?

Don't usually: Surrounding skin might itch for other reasons. Maybe eczema. You can speak to a dermatologist about it. ...Read more

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What do moles look like?

Moles: Moles, known medically as nevi, are clusters of pigmented cells that often appear as small, dark brown spots. However, moles can come in a range of colors and can develop virtually anywhere on your body.
Most moles are harmless, but in rare cases, moles may become cancerous. Monitoring moles and other pigmented patches is an important step in detecting skin cancer, especially malignant melanoma. ...Read more

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Are halo moles dangerous?

Halo: Halo moles are not uncommon. It is the darker mole itself that must be evaluated by a dermatologist to determine if an abnormal or cancerous mole is present. In many cases the mole is normal. Either way, have the lesion evaluated. ...Read more

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How to stop getting moles?

Cant stop: Usually exposure to ultraviolet rays increase the incidence of moles, but many appear in sites never exposed to the sun so that if one has the tendency to form moles or has had an ealrly melanoma excised, carefull monitoring is necessary. ...Read more

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Do moles always grow back?

Not Always: It depends on how they were removed. If they were completely excised (cut out) they will not return. ...Read more

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How can we grow new moles?

Sunlight: Exposure can stimulate the growth of the types of cells, melanocytes, that cause moles. If any of your new moles looks different from the others ("ugly duckling sign") be sure your physician knows about it and takes special care in evaluating it. ...Read more

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How fast do new moles grow?

How fast do new moles grow?

Varies: Most moles do not grow.
Please see my answer to another question of yours and address your obsession about moles. ...Read more

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Why do moles appear and why?

Why do moles appear and why?

Moles: Moles occur when cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin. These cells are called melanocytes, and they make the pigment that gives skin its natural color. ...Read more

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Why do moles form over time?

Moles:
Moles can form at any age. Some are formed at birth and are called congenital. Early childhood is the time of formation of many new moles. Moles may form at the junction of epidermis and dermis or form only in the dermis. Depending on where they form, they appear to be different. Some moles may be flat while some may be raised. Moles also form in different colors- from light brown to dark blue. ...Read more

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Definition)

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