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Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Yes: In fact, this is fairly common. No one knows where spitz nevus leaves off and a melanoma capable of metastasizing begins. This is one of the hardest calls in pathology, and some say it's impossible. The burning question will be whether to do additional surgery. ...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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How fast do benign moles tend to grow?

How fast do benign moles tend to grow?

Do not grow: Benign moles do not grow. If a mole and become larger, irregular, changes in color, becomes nodular or bleeds, see a doctor to have it evaluated and may be removed.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat 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.
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Do new benign moles appear full-formed over night? Or do they grow into their eventual full-size?

Do new benign moles appear full-formed over night? Or do they grow into their eventual full-size?

Benign Moles: Benign nevi ("moles") do grow fast. Female estrogen enhances them. The mole may continue to grow for some days before it reaches full size. ...Read more

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How long do new (benign) moles continue to grow until they have reached their final size? I assume they don't fully appear overnight.

Wrong question: Whether it grows, how fast it grows, how large it gets are all so variable there is no meaningful answer to this question. If you are worried, see a dermatologist. We are looking for changing nevi, black or multicolored nevi, those with very irregular shapes, those that bleed. ...Read more

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I had two moles removed, they were benign. Six months after procedured I have them back again. Is this normal, why this happens, what should I do?

Biopsy vs excision: Sometimes funny looking or suspicious moles are sampled or biopsied rather than completely removed or excised. If they were completely benign on biopsy then they recurred because they were not completely removed. Regardless my recommendations would be to have them rechecked by a dermatologist to make sure that they are not concerning for their rapid regrowth. ...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.
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Can benign moles or freckles have two different shades of brown in the same spot.?

Can benign moles or freckles have two different shades of brown in the same spot.?

Yes: Yes they can but if concerned worth getting it looked at. Other aspects to be on the lookout are rapidly growing, irregular shaped or raised ones. ...Read more

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Is it possible for mole with different shades of brown & colour fading at edge to be benign?

Is it possible for mole with different shades of brown & colour fading at edge to be benign?

Pigmented Nevus: Yes it may still be benign. The abcd criteria is more of a screening instrument to identify nevi worrisome for dysplasia or malignant melanoma and is not very specific. A biopsy is your surest way to tell. ...Read more

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Have been told conflicting things - can benign moles grow larger over time? Thought they can become more raised/dome like?

Have been told conflicting things - can benign moles grow larger over time? Thought they can become more raised/dome like?

See doctor: If a mole becomes larger, irregular, nodular, ulcerates or bleed, have it checked out by a doctor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat 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. ...Read more

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I got a mole removed about a month ago and it is now starting to grow back. It was benign when checked. Is this cause for concern?

I got a mole removed about a month ago and it is now starting to grow back. It was benign when checked. Is this cause for concern?

Cosmetic: IF the lesion was benign, the major concern is cosmetic. See surgeon who may take a bit more off. ...Read more

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Can a mole that looked slightly irregular on dermascooe come back benign?

Yes: Based on your question, it seems like you have already had a biopsy of the lesion. If that is the case, you have some waiting to do. I know that this can be scary and frustrating. Take deep breaths. There is nothing to do right now.

Once you get the results, it is important to have your doctor explain, in detail, what the results mean and what the next steps are, if any are needed.

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Is it better chances of benign if mole has been there for years? 7mm one hair, don't think it changed much slightly if at all

Is it better chances of benign if mole has been there for years? 7mm one hair, don't think it changed much slightly if at all

Changes: Vast majority of the moles are benign. If it has not changed recently, you may keep a watchful eye on it. Visit this site for additional guidance:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/melanoma/basics/symptoms/CON-20026009 ...Read more

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3 protriding moles on face. Want then removed. What type of removal is best for face. Don't want scarring. Any other recommendations?

3 protriding moles on face. Want then removed. What type of removal is best for face. Don't want scarring. Any other recommendations?

Derm Dr.: This is a procedure that can be performed by most of us;but you added "scarring". Not even the best plastic surgeon can cut without any scar but a good dermatologist can help you decide if they or a plastic surgeon should do the excision. Please discuss with your dr. ...Read more

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Had a shave removal of a mole, which was benign, but it grew back. Can the removal change the cells to cause it to grow back cancerous?

Had a shave removal of a mole, which was benign, but it grew back. Can the removal change the cells to cause it to grow back cancerous?

Get is excised: A mole can recur which is probably the case with you right now. But it can also be a melanoma. I would recommend you going to a surgeon and get this mole completely re-excised and examined by a pathologist so that you will be able to get a formal pathology report just to be sure that you do not have a melanoma which has been treated as a mole, first time around. ...Read more

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If I take pictures of my moles, and they are completely unchanged for 6 months does this mean they are benign and I can calm down? No change on pics

Calm down: It is important to watch the moles and compare those the picture every couple of months.
If a mole doubles in size, becomes irregular in size, shape or color, bleeds, ulcerates or develops a nodule, see a doctor.
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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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. ...Read more

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What type of doctor treats the moles?

Dermatologist: Www. Aad. Org/find-a-derm
a dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in treating conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails. ...Read more

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Mole biopsied 3 months ago came back as a benign congenital mole. It is now starting to growing back in areas. Is this a concern?

Probably not: This is likely is due to what we call 'recurrent nevus'. In other words, the biopsy showed a benign mole but did not completely remove it. It is now growing back. If you are worried, I would see a dermatologist to have it completely removed. ...Read more

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Skin coloured mole on face I have been plucking it for about a year it have stopped growing hairs no other changes. Could this still a benign mole?

Skin coloured mole on face I have been plucking it for about a year it have stopped growing hairs no other changes. Could this still a benign mole?

Do not pluck: Leave the mole alone. It is most likely benign. If it is a cosmetic issue, you may have it removed. If not you may watch and wait. If the mole doubles in size, becomes irregular in size, shape or color, bleeds, ulcerates or develops a nodule, see a doctor.
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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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. ...Read more

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The dermatologist said that because the mole was funny looking and had a number of benign cells, she sent it for a 2nd opinion. Should I be worried?

The dermatologist said that because the mole was funny looking and had a number of benign cells, she sent it for a 2nd opinion. Should I be worried?

No: Not to worry much until when and if there is a reason. This is good medicine and your doctor just wants to be sure. We often consult colleagues for their knowledge and input! Be well! ...Read more

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I had a mole between my toes shave biopsies 4 months ago and it has grown back...it came back benign, should I be concerned it’s growing back?

I had a mole between my toes shave biopsies 4 months ago and it has grown back...it came back benign, should I be concerned it’s growing back?

Yes: Doing shave biopsy on a mole is a bad idea. The lesion should be removed in its entirety and the tissue submitted to a pathologist for examination.
Wish you 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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I have a mole with 2 out of 5 of the abcde symptoms (melanoma) its border and color. Lesion benign?

I have a mole with 2 out of 5 of the abcde symptoms (melanoma) its border and color. Lesion benign?

Tell me more: The most significant features to watch are size (>5mm) and mixture of colors (C and D). Tell us which 2 features are causing you concern??? Then we can guide you further in terms of the need for doing a biopsy or not. ...Read more

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Are all rapid growing mole like bumps cancerous? Or can benign lumps grow very fast and turn out to be nothing?

Are all rapid growing mole like bumps cancerous? Or can benign lumps grow very fast and turn out to be nothing?

No, yes: Not all rapid growing mole-like bumps are cancerous. Some benign lumps grow very fast & turn out to be nothing. The problem is we can't tell until we perform biopsy & send sample to pathologist to look at under microscope. ...Read more

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Can a dermatologist tell if a mole is benign by looking at it for five seconds with a dermatoscope with no oil?

How quick is quick: Yes. Most dermatoscopes nowadays do not require oil. The features of a benign mole are easily seen. While nothing in life is gauranteed, it's certainly within the realm to do it with alacrity. If you are still concerned, ask that it be biopsied. ...Read more

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I was born with skin colored mole on my face. Recently it increased in size slightly. Are such type of moles dangerous?

Need visit to MD: Any change in the size or color of a mole should be evaluated by your health care provider.

It is prob nothing, but needs to be seen to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Got results from biopsy and sent for 2nd opinion- derm says mole was "funny" looking with a lot of benign cells. What does this mean?

Got results from biopsy and sent for 2nd opinion- derm says mole was "funny" looking with a lot of benign cells. What does this mean?

Clinical impression: My impression is that your dermatologist examined the mole and believed it was suspicious looking, that is, it had the characteristics of a cancer. A biopsy is done to establish a tissue diagnosis. The first pathology report did not confirm any cancer, so I suspect your doctor wanted assurance that the mole was benign, and asked for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Had a benign looking mole removed for cosmetic reasons. Dr never sent it for pathology. How will I know if it was cancerous? Would it grow back?

Had a benign looking mole removed for cosmetic reasons. Dr never sent it for pathology. How will I know if it was cancerous? Would it grow back?

Not likely: It is very unlikely that the mole will grow back. All of us have some moles and most of us do not get those removed and still do not get melanomas. All we can do is provide reassurance that you are no more at risk for melanoma than the next person. As I suggested earlier- Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat 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. ...Read more

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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