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Moles: Moles are growths of cells in the skin. There are many types of moles some dangerous and some not. In fact, most moles are not dangerous. Some moles arise a new in adulthood, but the important thing about a mole is that any spot on your skin that you don't understand or that you don't think has been there for years should be looked at. You should have a mole check once a year at least. See a derma. ...Read more
Blue nevus: A blue nevis is a very dark mole. This can not be determined just by appearance. Since moles can be abnormal a very dark mole should be evaluated and possibly biopsied by a dermatologist. Even benign lesions can change and a delay in diagnosis and treatment of a melanoma can make a significant difference in prognosis. ...Read more
If it changes color, becomes larger, develops a nodule, bleeds or ulcerates, it is time to see a doctor. You may consult this site for more info:
http://www. Webmd. Com/melanoma-skin-cancer/tc/skin-cancer-melanoma-symptoms
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Have it biopsied.: Moles can be dangerous especially if their is a family or personal history of skin cancers like melanoma, history of sunburns over the years, moles with different colors within it, have an irregular border, or are itchy and/or have bled. Moles larger than 6mm also need to be evaluated. Please see your doctor and if any of the lesions need a biopsy then it can done. Better to replace a mole with a scar. ...Read more
Get it looked at!: Any time a mole starts to cause any tenderness it should be looked at and a biopsy taken. Has it grown in size? Are the borders irregular? Has it changed shape? Has the texture or color changed? These are all signs to watch for. I recommend having a specialist take a look if you are concerned! ...Read more
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
Biopsy: To differentiate between benign (safe), potentially malignant (no so safe) and malignant moles (totally unsafe) the punch biopsy should be performed. If the mole is changing color, shape and is enlarging please schedule your appointment with dermatologist as soon as possible. After the biopsy is done it is going to be reviewed by pathologist and the diagnosis would be established and reported. ...Read more
Remove a mole: Unless your dermatologist is concerned about cancer, the most common method is to numb the area with a small injection, and shave the bump off with a scalpel. It almost always heals beautifully and leaves a very small scar. It can grow back because a small piece is left under the skin. I evaluate all facial moles with pathology. ...Read more
Most are normal: Most moles are normal, but the real worry is about melanoma. Take a look at http://www. Melanomafoundation. Org/prevention/abcd. Htm and you will see guidelines to tell if a mole is abnormal. I I see a lot of strange moles on the face and body as an oculoplastic surgeon. Melanomas always appear abnormal. A mole with hair growing out of it is almost always normal as cancer destroys hair follicles ...Read more
Mole: A painful mole may have been rubbed or caught on something. However, any painful or itchy symptoms should be evaluated by a dermatologist as these signs could indicate a skin cancerous change in some cases. ...Read more
You need a doctor to: Seek medical advice, as you can not safely remove a mole yourself. If you try to do so you can harm yourself as melanomas require careful diagnosis and proper management. Otherwise you are taking a risk with your life. ...Read more
Shave or surgical: Moles can be removed effectively by being shaved with use of a device such as a hyfrecator for further ablation. Suspicious lesions should always be biopsied before being removed in this manner. Larger moles may be effectively removed by surgical excision also. There are no effective over the counter products or creams/ointments that safely and effectively remove moles. ...Read more
Yes it can be: Moles are removed because they can grow to become melanoma and often it is difficult to tell the difference between a mole and early melanoma. So removal of moles is common practice and the need to be examined under the microscope to make sure they are benign. If they are cancerous (called melanoma) a wider excision (more surgery) is recommended. ...Read more
Would not do it: 1st, you'll need anesthesia and that is not over the counter. 2nd you will want to send the specimen which is excised in a fixative to a pathology lab for histologic identification. That is standard practice whenever anything is surgically removed from the body. Only a medical profession has the materials and knowledge of how to do that. Finally, you need to suture the area sterilely. Really? ...Read more
Usually not: Depending on how the mole was removed. If the mole was removed all the way through the skin, it will most likely not return. If it was removed by a technique called shaving, it might grow back. ...Read more
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Board certified dermatologists are experts in diagnnosis and treatment of all disorders of the hair skin and nails.
Their extennsive training allows them to evaluate moles and to determine if they are suspicious and need removal. Currently melanoma accounts for many deaths every year. If melanoma is found early it can be treated, if found late it can be deadly. Early detection is the key. ...Read more
If the mole has not change in size, shape, color, has not developed a nodule or started bleeding, it is likely to be benign. Unrelated to your question - If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD.
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