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Doctor insights on: Types Of Skin Cancer Moles

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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I have a lightly colored, brown mole which swells up a bit and turns to red after i scratch it. Is this normal, it this a type of skin cancer?

I have a lightly colored, brown mole which swells up a bit and turns to red after i scratch it. Is this normal, it this a type of skin cancer?

Unlikely, but it can: Happen. Many benign lesions look like cancers but are not. The only way to know is to get it biopsied; a simple procedure that can be done in the office. See a dermatologist, find out, and put your mind at ease. Good luck! ...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?

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?

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

Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common 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 & ...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