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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
Often: Due to hormonal changes, many moles may appear larger and darker during pregnancy. The most noticeable are those that were already slightly raised (fleshy). However, if any mole exhibit changes such as asymmetry, irregular borders, multiple colors or shades of brown, and rapidly growing diameter, you should seek the opinion of your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Moles and Melanoma: Moles that have asymmetry, border irregularity, color changes or that increase in size should be evaluated to rule out melanoma. Visual inspection is not completely accurate and must often be supplemented with a biopsy to make a proper diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Asymmetry is one sign of melanoma (along with non-smooth borders, color, and size (diameter= abcd). But many benign moles are asymmetric, as well. Have it checked out. If a melanoma, the office visit may be life saving - if benign, you will be reassured and can stop worrying. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
Yes and no.: Tanning beds can create lentigines ("sun spots"), which are not really moles, but look somewhat like them. We don't know for sure whether they cause moles to grow, but there is increasing evidence that they can cause melanomas (a type of skin cancer), and perhaps cause benign moles to turn into melanomas. There is dispute about this, but until we know for sure, stay away. ...Read more
Approx 3 mm mole, flat, brown,one color, irregular shape and border .Been at least a year.Likely longer. No change that I know, melanoma chance?
Biopsy: 32 yo lady with a question about a pigmented lesion. Irregular shape and border are concerning findings when it comes to pigmented lesions. Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, and Evolution=ABCDE Here is a link to the CDC website on skin cancer. If a lesion is suspicious, a dermatologist can take a biopsy so a pathologist can look at the cells under the microscope for definitive answer. Good luck ...Read more
Depends: Obviously, scar revision/mole removal on the hand would require longer rest of the hand than the same surgery on the face. Also, if the scar/mole was quite large and the skin was pulled tightly, more rest is required than if a narrow scar / tiny mole was removed. Ask your surgeon so that he can give you an answer specific to your situation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers