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My wife has a mole on her back that has grown and is now off white crusty. Is this skin cancer?

My wife has a mole on her back that has grown and is now off white crusty. Is this skin cancer?

Time to see your doc: Changes in the appearance of any mole warrants a trip to your friendly dermatologist. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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I have a natural mole. I remove it myself a couple times. Its back and lighter now. But gets bigger each time I peel it. Is this a skin cancer sign?

I have a natural mole. I remove it myself a couple times. Its back and lighter now. But gets bigger each time I peel it. Is this a skin cancer sign?

Could be: ABCD rule: It may be time for a biopsy to figure out the malignant potential. Many use the simple abcd guidleines (see diagram). ...Read more

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I'm 26 weeks pregnant & just found out I have a basal cell skin cancer. Do I need to be concerned? Had a mole biopsied that came back as basal cell.

I'm 26 weeks pregnant & just found out I have a basal cell skin cancer. Do I need to be concerned? Had a mole biopsied that came back as basal cell.

See dermatologist: Basal cell cancers tend to grow fairly slowly so delaying treatment until after your pregnancy may be ok. But it really depends where it is and how extensive it is and what kind of basal cell cancer it is. You might be able to have it removed under local anesthesia especially in the second trimester. You should talk to a dermatologist to go over the options. ...Read more

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Flat (no mole) spot on back of arm. No tenderness, no change to size or color. Had for at least month. Looks similar to a bruise. Skin cancer concern?

Flat (no mole) spot on back of arm. No tenderness, no change to size or color. Had for at least month. Looks similar to a bruise. Skin cancer concern?

May be sun damage: Malignant skin conditions normally are irregular shaped, grow, have uneven coloration the malignant melanoma is a concern although being flat is less worrisome. Its always best to simply shoe a dermatologist who could diagnose what you have easily. ...Read more

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How to I check my moles for skin cancer?

How to I check my moles for skin cancer?

Learn your ABCD's: Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. If you have a skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen as well for evaluation and possible biopsy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could cancer moles only mean skin cancer?

Not sure: I'm really not sure how to answer your question. If you have been diagnosed by a pathologist with "cancer moles" that could mean that you have skin cancer, but most doctors do not use a term like "cancer mole". Doctors usually use more specific terms like "squamous cell carcinoma", "basal cell carcinoma", "melanoma", etc. If you could tell me exactly what the pathologist said, I could explain. ...Read more

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Does skin cancer always start from a mole?

Does skin cancer always start from a mole?

Skin cancer: Malignant melanoma may develop from a preexisting mole or on "normal" skin. Other skin cancers such as basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer do not develop from preexisting moles. See a dermatologist for a skin cancer screening. ...Read more

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Link between skin cancer and moles/freckles?

Yes: Melanoma is a skin cancer starting from pigment producing cells called melanocytes. Moles which change color, have irregular borders, grow or bleed would be concerning features that mole has evolved into a melanoma. Best to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What are the signs that a mole is skin cancer?

What are the signs that a mole is skin cancer?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with
asymmetry
boarders that are irregular
color differences within the same mole
diameter greater than 6mm

also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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What is the risk of skin cancer from painful mole?

It depends: A painful mole is probable an irritated or inflammed mole. Please show it to your doctor to help you to take care of it by either removal or some giving you some local medication. ...Read more

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Could you die from skin cancer caused from a mole?

Could you die from skin cancer caused from a mole?

Yes: Most malignant melanomas arise on their own, but you should report any ugly change in a mole to your physician, and if in doubt, off it comes. ...Read more

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What happens if you just ignore a skin cancer mole?

What happens if you just ignore a skin cancer mole?

Don't take a chance!: If a mole or any lesion on the skin has been biopsied as a cancer you need to follow through with the recommended treatment. This usually is complete removal by surgical excision. Melanoma kills so have any concerning lesion checked by a dermatologist and if the biopsy comes back as an early melanoma have it excised as this is curative. Don't take a chance. ...Read more

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Skin cancer does skin cancer only come from moles?

No: many sources: Although moles may develop into skin cancer, it can take on many other forms such as an ulcer, nodule, cyst, plaque, cutaneous horn, papule and other presentations. ...Read more

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Could white moles possibly be a sign of skin cancer?

Could white moles possibly be a sign of skin cancer?

Possible: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful answer without examining the lesions. However, basal cell carcinoma may present as a white nodule. It would be prudent to see a doctor for evaluation.
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Is a mole always a sign that a skin cancer will develop?

Is a mole always a sign that a skin cancer will develop?

Nope: Most moles are not cancerous, and will not turn into cancer. Melanomas are dangerous, and can look like a mole. Watch for moles w/ abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole like that, get it checked out asap. Any skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get seen as well. ...Read more

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How is skin cancer treated? How are cancerous moles treated?

How is skin cancer treated? How are cancerous moles treated?

Skin cancer: There are different techniques to remove skin cancer. The technique that has the highest cure rate and that spares the most normal tissue is called mohs micrographic surgery. This method allows the cancer to be traced out under the microscope by examining the entire periphery of the excised tumor. If any roots are seen the excision and microscopic checking continues until tumor free plane obtained. ...Read more

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Are people with a vast number of moles at risk of skin cancer?

Needs checked: The areas need to be checked by your physician especially if there are changes to moles such as thickening, changes in pigmentation, bleeding etc. ...Read more

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Which other symptoms of skin cancer are there other than a mole?

Which other symptoms of skin cancer are there other than a mole?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with
asymmetry
boarders that are irregular
color differences within the same mole
diameter greater than 6mm

also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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Does having a lot of moles give you a higher potential for skin cancer?

Dysplastic moles: Moles are proliferations of nevus cells. Most moles are benign. Some can transform into melanoma. Many believe that the transformation is gradual. Before turning into melanoma, moles are said to be 'atypical' or 'dysplastic'. When an individual has many atypical moles (as in dysplastic nevus syndrome), then the risk of having a melanoma is higher. ...Read more

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Is a mole a sign of skin cancer or it can be a sign of other types of cancer?

Is a mole a sign of skin cancer or it can be a sign of other types of cancer?

Most often not!: There are many different moles or lesions that present on the skin during a persons lifetime. The vast majority are benign and of no consequence except for maybe appearance concerns. However there are certain moles or skin lesions that need to be evaluated because of their characteristics. Color changes, inflammation, enlargement are all things that should be checked by a physician ...Read more

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What to do if I have 80 moles on body, none atypical, will I die of skin cancer?

Moles: A large number of moles has been linked to a greater chance of melanoma development. See a dermatologist yearly to have moles evaluated. ...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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My mole keeps falling off do I have skin cancer? Is it normal for my mole to keep falling off? I never notice when it falls off

My mole keeps falling off do I have skin cancer? Is it normal for my mole to keep falling off? I never notice when it falls off

Not a mole: One considers by that a mole is a benign pigmented skin lesion that is a precursor of melanoma. When the first true mole appears it is a small flat lesion. This growth never falls off but rather continues to proliferate and grow in thickness. A pigmented keratosis can be misinterpreted as a mole and is characterized as a growth that can be picked or fall off the skin by mild trauma. ...Read more

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Have a mole that's slightly inflamed with a pin hole on top of the freckle....Can it be skin cancer? It's not two dif colors n same size as reg freckl

Have a mole that's slightly inflamed with a pin hole on top of the freckle....Can it be skin cancer? It's not two dif colors n same size as reg freckl

Skin cancer: Skin cancers often develop from previous moles, freckles and benign (non-cancerous) skin pathology. The important features are irregular shape, color changes and intact orders. If a lesion changes in these areas or is initially irregular in shape and color. Since yours has changes with inflammation and a irregular hole it should probably be professionally evaluated. Photograph to identify changes. ...Read more

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Dr. Crosby, my uncle is 54 years old and was diagnosed with skin cancer today. He noticed the skin mole 3 years ago. How likely is it for the cancer to be present in some of his vital organs? And how likely is he to survive this cancer?

Dr. Crosby, my uncle is 54 years old and was diagnosed with skin cancer today. He noticed the skin mole 3 years ago. How likely is it for the cancer to be present in some of his vital organs? And how likely is he to survive this cancer?

It all depends on St: Stage of Cancer determines the prognosis. Early stage Melanoma is highly curable but recurrence of melanoma can be bad news as it carries a bigger risk to your life. So your uncle should go see a melanoma specialist and find out the stage of his cancer and confirm if it is indeed a Melanoma or some other cancer type? ...Read more

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Who can I consult about a suspicious mole & risk of skin cancer?

Who can I consult about a suspicious mole & risk of skin cancer?

Surgeon: You can see your primary doctor or a surgeon to have your mole evaluated. Some primary doctors will remove these in the office. Most surgeons will definitely remove them either in the office or in the operating room. ...Read more

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If a mole is skin cancer how long would it take to actually harm you?

Unpredictable: Any suspicious mole (if it is black or brown and changing) needs to be examined and removed if it is suspicious for melanoma because the cancewr can spread when it is left intact for too long and prove harmful to you. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...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