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Mole suddenly slightly raised. Have an appt in 3 weeks. Do regular moles ever change?

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

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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Have what I thought were varicosities but OBGYN thinks are regular moles on labia. I saw also a new small mole on perineum. I'm 30 and 9.5m postpartum?

Have what I thought were varicosities but OBGYN thinks are regular moles on labia. I saw also a new small mole on perineum. I'm 30 and 9.5m postpartum?

Moles: your doctor should be able to differentiate the two. If the mole is suspicious, changing color, dark, irregular borders or changing you should have it biopsied (removed). Don't take the chance of waiting on it. Anyone at any age can devolop new moles. ...Read more

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Could a flat mole (single freckle/beauty mark) become cancerous like regular past the surface moles do?

Yes: The presence of a flat mole, one that is irregular in shape and has variegated colors withi grey and dark brown areas represent the superficial moles that undergo malignant transformation leading to a nodular growth. The superficial melanomas less than 1mm thick are for the most part in-situ but as thickness (Breslow) develops , not so much as depth of penetration (Clark),it is now invasive. ...Read more

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How do you remove a regular mole?

How do you remove a regular mole?

Nevus excisiom: Moles are known as nevi to doctors. Nevi can be regular or irregular, and can rarely evolve into melanoma. These are often removed under local anesthesia. This means that lidocain can be injected beneath the skin, and the lesion is removed with a small healthy margin of skin around it. They are often sent to a pathologist to make sure they are not irregular or cancerous ...Read more

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What would cause a regular mole to turn black within 24 hours?

What would cause a regular mole to turn black within 24 hours?

Trauma: Minor trauma might make a lighter colored lesion have a little bleeding and turn darker. My own basal cell skin cancer did exactly this and had it not happened i might have ignored it. I was shocked at the diagnosis, but glad i went and glad i had it removed. ...Read more

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Almost seems like it can a regular mole, so what is the possibility of skin cancer?

Almost seems like it can a regular mole, so what is the possibility of skin cancer?

ABCD melanoma: When in doubt, ask your pmd to check on the mole for you to confirm. It will be suspicious if there is change in the size ( gets bigger), looks asymmetric, has different colors, irregular border and if you have symptoms like bleeding, itches etc. The image here gives you an example how the melanoma looks like. However sometimes, the abnormality is not that dramatic. Ask your doctor to check it. ...Read more

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Shave biopsy for regular shaped 3mm brown mole 1 day later has purple/blackish/maroon spot in the center of it biopsy site. Freaking out. Please help.

Biopsy changes OK: You are probably just experiencing the results of healing after your biopsy. You may be seeing the remains of the blood supply that went to the lesion. Give it a few weeks to heal. Make sure you follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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How do I find out if its cancer? I'm 31 and i found a new mole on the back of my leg.It looks like a regular mole.Could it be cancer.Or could it be just anouther mole?

How do I find out if its cancer? I'm 31 and i found a new mole on the back of my leg.It looks like a regular mole.Could it be cancer.Or could it be just anouther mole?

Biopsy: The only way to tell if a mole is malignant is to have it biopsied. This is most important for any skin lesion that is changing in any way...Size, shape , color, bleeding, pain etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Definition)

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