Top
20
Doctor insights on: Wart Or Mole How To Tell The Difference

Share
Dr. Coyle Connolly
1,092 Doctors shared insights

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


2

2
How can I tell if I have skin cancer, wart or just a regular mole?

How can I tell if I have skin cancer, wart or just a regular mole?

Get it examined: There are different types of skin cancer, which have different appearances. In general, any lesion which is getting larger in size is concerning. Ulceration, bleeding and itching are other concerning signs. Pain is usually not present, unless the cancer is large. Melanomas can be identified by the abcd's. I don't have room for that here. Get it checked out by your pcp or dermatologist.

See 2 more doctor answers
3

3
I've had a 'mole' as long as I can remember. GP said it was nothing to worry about as it was a wart. How can he tell between a wart and a melanoma?

I've had a 'mole' as long as I can remember. GP said it was nothing to worry about as it was a wart. How can he tell between a wart and a melanoma?

Mole vs wart: Melanoma is an aggressive dangerous form of skin cancer. If something has been sitting on ur skin for sometime without any major changes I wouldn't worry at all. I doubt it's truly a wart because after 2 yrs it should disappear. Probably it is a mole or pigmented skin lesion. U can watch that for changes over the years, and if it changes then do something about it. See a dermatologist if in doubt.

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
It is warts or just mole? No pain at all. But I notice it becomes bigger..

It is warts or just mole? No pain at all. But I notice it becomes bigger..

Wart or Mole: Without seeing the skin lesion in person it is impossible to make a diagnosis. See your local dermatologist for a diagnosis.

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
How do I remove this mole/wart off by myself?

How do I remove this mole/wart off by myself?

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

6

6
Mole/wart looking growth. I don't know where it came from. No particular shape. Doesn't hurt. Is it a mole or wart?

Mole/wart looking growth. I don't know where it came from. No particular shape. Doesn't hurt. Is it a mole or wart?

See dermatologist: There is no way to tell without seeing it. If you haven't seen a dermatologist before, NOW is the time. Your derm will search your skin for similar lesions, and give you instructions on what to do when you see this same kind of lesion in the future. S/he may take a sample of one or more lesions if they look suspicious, like a skin cancer.

7

7
Have you used dermatend or wart mole vanish?

Have you used dermatend or wart mole vanish?

Skin: Only surgical removal where by the skin sample is sent for microscopic evaluation is recommended.

9

9
Moles growing heads that look like wart seeds looks like 6 blakheads, but brown, growing iut of a small mole

Moles growing heads that look like wart seeds looks like 6 blakheads, but brown, growing iut of a small mole

Hard: Hard to tell without a clinical examination, but I wonder if these are possibly seborrheic keratoses? Read more about seborrheic keratoses and see a picture at the link below. I hope that helps!

10

10
Getting a mole/wart thing on my scalp removed. What can I expect?

Getting a mole/wart thing on my scalp removed. What can I expect?

Removal: Typically if a mole specimen is going to be sent for biopsy, the area is numbed with a tiny needle and then removed with a blade or scalpel. Other treatment includes freezing a wart with liquid nitrogen (stings for a few minutes due to the extreme coldness of the spray). Talk to your physician about all options.

11

11
I have recently noticed a small growth on my groin area. I don't know if it's a mole or a wart. Doesn't hurt to touch unless pulled.?

I have recently noticed a small growth on my groin area. I don't know if it's a mole or a wart. Doesn't hurt to touch unless pulled.?

Don't pull on it: Needs seen. If your Dr can do cryotherapy (=freeze skin lesions), can see him/her. If not, ask local Urgent Care or see a Dermatologist to have it frozen off. This helps make sure you don't spread it to anyone else (and to discuss if any other testing in order).

12

12
I have notice before a black like bump in my upper vagina but I thoughtit only a mole but I am notice it looks bigger now I worried if its warts?

I have notice before a black like bump in my upper vagina but I thoughtit only a mole but I am notice it looks bigger now I worried if its warts?

Vaginal bump: It could be a wart, although these are usually multiple and flesh colored. It is possible (not probable) that this is a skin cancer. You need to have a physician look at it.

14

14
I have an irregular shaped mole or wart on my leg. I have had it for years. Could this be cancer?

I have an irregular shaped mole or wart on my leg. I have had it for years. Could this be cancer?

Need more details: Most moles are benign and do not change over time. If your' is black or brown and changing in size or color (any growth), then you should get it checked by your doctor who may consider its removal if it is suspected to be a melanoma (in that case it will have mixture of colors, shades of black/brown/tan/red). Take a photograph now and recheck it every 3-6 months and see if there is any change.

15

15
Too late for biopsy. Are their any medical test that can be performed to confirm or deny whether the growth was a wart or mole? A blood test or ECT

Too late for biopsy. Are their any medical test that can be performed to confirm or deny whether the growth was a wart or mole? A blood test or ECT

If it's gone...: If it's all gone, it's all gone... such as losing some skin during a crash on a road bike. If the base of a growth is still there, after the skin heals up, a dermatologist can look at the remaining base. Since this question doesn't say HOW the skin growth was lost, it's hard to guess the circumstances. There isn't a test to tell what MIGHT have been on some missing skin.

16

16
What if you accidentally cut your mole or wart on your leg. Does. This cause cancer?

What if you accidentally cut your mole or wart on your leg. Does. This cause cancer?

No: Cutting, shaving, trauma to moles do not cause them to become cancer. If you have not had your mole or moles evaluated by your physician it would be a good idea to do so.

See 1 more doctor answer
20

20
Child has a wart/mole on her head she keeps picking at it but it always grows back is this concerning? She is on remicade (infliximab) and methotrexate for JRA

Child has a wart/mole on her head she keeps picking at it but it always grows back is this concerning? She is on remicade (infliximab) and methotrexate for JRA

Ask rheumatologist: This could be a nodule related to the JRA. There are other possibilities also. See your rheumatologist and ask if it needs to be removed.

Dr. David Hettinger
609 Doctors shared insights

Verruca (Definition)

A descriptive term referring to any elevated serrated epidermal lesion. Specifically, Verruca vulgaris which is caused by the human papilloma virus of ...Read more


Dr. Arnold Beresh
665 Doctors shared insights

Warts (Definition)

Wart = benign skin growth ...Read more