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Reasons For Moles
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?
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
I am 26 years, I am getting extra moles on my face everyweek one new mole what is reason and solution?
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
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?
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
14 yr old son has small mole (3-4mm) that is darker brown on one side and lighter brown on the other. Borders mostly smooth. Any reason for concern?
Mole: There is no concern for your child's mole at present, but it should be monitored from time to time. ...Read more
8 months back my delivery. Now suddenly black moles appearing on my neck, elbow, and back. What will be the reason for that? Mine is normal delivery.
Need an exam: I recommend an appointment with a Dermatologist. ...Read more
I have a tan colored 1/8th" mole behind my left ear that has recently become a little painful and a little bit pink. Is there a reason for concern?
I have a red mole on my left breast (upper) as well in my right breast (beneath). What could be the reason?
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
I have a cluster of brown blistery almost resemble light colore moles I've had them for a couple of years not sure what they are I have pictures to s?
Need pictures/locati: Need to see pictures. Where are they on your skin? ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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