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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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Question about a mole. If it easily gets puffy and reddened, is it a bad sign?

Question about a mole.  If it easily gets puffy and reddened, is it a bad sign?

Yes and no: I have always said to patients that any mole that changes character and the DX is not clear cut is better in a jar than on your body. A lot of these moles never cause problems but the danger of a changing mole is considered dangerous. Your family doc is best to decide! never take these changing moles for granted without having checked! ...Read more

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Are moles common signs that you have syphilis?

Moles: Moles are never a sign of syphilis. Syphilis has a charastis sign, which you can google. ...Read more

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I had a mole on back biopsied. Dr said it was very very slightly atypical, so she wants to recheck in 6 mos. if it grows back, is this a bad sign?

I had a mole on back biopsied. Dr said it was very very slightly atypical, so she wants to recheck in 6 mos. if it grows back, is this a bad sign?

Not necessarily.: Did she take out the whole mole or just biopsy part of it? Knowing that would help us answer the question properly. Get your follow-up as scheduled. But if it changes rapidly, call and see if you should go back sooner. ...Read more

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I had two moles removed 10 days ago they said the pathology report still isn't in is this a bad sign? It's giving me anxiety.

I had two moles removed 10 days ago they said the pathology report still isn't in is this a bad sign? It's giving me anxiety.

Path report: A path report should not take 10 days for your doctor to receive the result. You must call the doctor and insist you are given the report. If everything is OK -fine! If not your doctor must have you come to the clinic and be informed about all that was found and what needs to be done. Please let me know. ...Read more

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Do people with lots of moles have weaker immune systems then people with few or no moles??? Is lots of moles a sign of a weaker immune system?

Do people with lots of moles have weaker immune systems then people with few or no moles???  Is lots of moles a sign of a weaker immune system?

No and No: The average person has 35 moles. Generally new moles stop forming around age 30. The main factors that determine how many moles we form seem to be genetics and sun exposure. Immune function is not a known factor in the number of moles we get. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are black moles a sign of cancer in young children?

Can you tell me are black moles a sign of cancer in young children?

Biopsy: The only definitive way to confirm suspicious lesions will be with biopsy of the lesion. ...Read more

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My mole/freckle has changed within the past month and this is a sign of cancer?

Changing mole: Only a physician will be able to decide that. See your doctor and if there is any question, it should be biopsied. ...Read more

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I have a purpleish black little spot its not a mole nor a bump jst a spot on my back could it be a sign of something serious?

See a dermatologist: I am always concerned about skin lesions and moles that are 1) black, grey, or blue, 2) made up of many colors, 3) have irregular borders, or are bigger than the size of a pencil eraser. I am also concerned about moles that itch or bleed spontaneously. Please have yourself checked by your doctor; a dermatology evaluation may be in order. ...Read more

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Nevi (Definition)

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