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What is a mole?

What is a mole?

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

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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What is a black mole?

What is a black mole?

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

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What causes a mole to itch?

What causes a mole to itch?

Itchy mole: Dryness, trauma, healing from trauma, infection, etc. ...Read more

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What causes a partial mole?

What causes a partial mole?

Partial molar preg: Partial molar pregnancy. An egg is fertilized by two sperm. The placenta becomes the molar growth. Any fetal tissue that forms is likely to have severe defects. ...Read more

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When to worry about a mole?

See below: 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
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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What does a black mole mean?

What does a black mole mean?

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

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Can a mole appear overnight?

Yes: Likely this is a solar lentigo. If it changes colors or starts to enlarge rapidly than you need to have this evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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How to remove mole from skin?

How to remove mole from skin?

See a Doctor.: A mole or pigmented lesion on the skin should only be removed by a licensed physician. See a dermatologist for evaluation of the lesion. ...Read more

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My mole hurts what should I do?

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

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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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Should you cut off a mole at home?

Should you cut off a mole at home?

Not a good idea: There is a reason why physicians study so much to remove moles. Not sure what do you do but I would recommend to see a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon before doing something you should not be doing. ...Read more

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What does pain in a mole indicate?

See a dermatologist.: Pain is not necessarily a bad sign, but moles are not supposed to hurt. Have a dermatologist check it at your earliest convenience. ...Read more

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How do I know if a mole is unsafe?

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

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How I can I remove mole naturally?

How I can I remove mole naturally?

Don't remove at home: If you have a mole that needs to be removed let a doctor do it so it can be examined and make sure of the cells in it. ...Read more

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How to remove a mole off your face?

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

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When should I get a mole looked at?

When should I get a mole looked at?

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

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What happens if I shave a mole off?

Grow back: Most likely the mole that you shaved off will grow back with time. Till the wound has healed I would put vaseline on it twice a day what are you going. ...Read more

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How do you go about removing a mole?

How do you go about removing a mole?

Mole: A dermatologist may remove a mole with or without stitches depending on the location, size, shape, depth and degree of cancerous concern. See a dermatologist to discuss all options. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a mole hurts?

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

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How to safely remove a mole on face?

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

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What is a good mole remover product?

What is a good mole remover product?

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

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What can I use on a dry crusty mole?

Have it checked: If it is a mole with skin changes it can be a type of skin cancer. ...Read more

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How can I cure a small mole on body?

See a doctor: Mole remove is easy, quick and simple. But the mole need to be evaluated first. Therefore see a doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do to freeze off my mole?

Mole Removal: Moles are not frozen but removed by surgical excision. Seborrheic keratosis which are benign lesions are frozen with liquid nitrogen. ...Read more

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Might a removed mole be mightcerous?

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

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How can I hide and/or remove a mole?

Mole removal: It may be difficult to hide anole if darkly pigmented or raised. You are better off seeing a board certified doctor who can evaluate the mole and remove it with expertise. ...Read more

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Can sunlight affect skin mole color?

Mole: Mole color is determined by pigment (melanin) deeper in the skin. Sunlight does not effect the mole 's color. ...Read more

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How can I remove a flat mole at home?

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

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Is it painful to have a mole removed?

Is it painful to have a mole removed?

A little: You will get some pain when the anesthetic is administered but it is short lived and then the rest of the procedure you are numb. ...Read more

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Will my mole grow back after removal?

Will my mole grow back after removal?

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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How can you remove flat mole at home?

How can you remove flat mole at home?

Go to Dermlink: You need a diagnosis before attempting any home remedies which are not risk free. If you can't find a doctor in your area there is a service at dermlink. Com which can assist you in getting an accurate diagnosis ...Read more

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When should you have a mole inspected?

When should you have a mole inspected?

At least yearly: 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

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Can a irregular shaped mole be benign?

Yes: 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.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Mole just disappeared, is that normal?

Yes: Sometimes the immune system gets angry with them and removes them. Nobody understands why. Often such nevi that will fully or partially regress develop a pale halo around them before they vanish. ...Read more

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What could happen if I cut off a mole?

Mole: Probably nothing, but you should always get the advised of your doctor to ensure that the mole is really what you think it is and that it is not a malignant (cancer) lesion. ...Read more

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What would happem if I removed a mole?

Don't play doctor: What is your background training? How do you know that their is? I recommend seeing a doctor to diagnose and treat it. If need sent for pathology (microscopic examination). ...Read more

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Can you have a mole surgically removed?

Can you have a mole surgically removed?

Yes: In fact, this is the recommended method so that it can be evaluated under the microscope to ensure that the mole is normal. Moles are normally not removed unless they show clinical features that are worrisome to a dermatologist (abcde's) or for cosmetic reasons. ...Read more

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Definition)

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