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Weird Mole On My Arm
Biopsy vs observe: I highly recommend a punch biopsy. This can be done by your primary care doctor, a surgeon, or a dermatologist. You can't really tell with 100% confidence if a mole is pre-cancerous based on its visual appearance. You have to examine it under the microscope. The other (poorer) option is to observe for changes in a few months. Take a high-quality digital photo with a ruler today for comparison. ...Read more
Yes: Don't want to alarm, but IMO any mole that misbehaves, including bleeding with minor irritation, should be taken VERY seriously. It is probably not melanoma, but this could be an early warning and you can never be too careful with this disease. It is a killer. And it can be cured if found and treated early. See someone and if they are unimpressed, ask why it bled and what if it IS a melanoma. ...Read more
I have a mole on my arm which is raised and about 3mm big. I have noticed 3 tiny white patches in it is this bad?
Sign: Color variegation in a mole is not a good sign, in general. I would recommend that you have this mole evaluated by a dermatologist very soon. ...Read more
1 tiny mole on my arm has changed slightly, now a slight bump instead of just totally flat, still v. Small and doesn't itch but should I be concerned?
Could the change of the mole on my arm be serious? Recently a very small mole on my arm has become darker and smaller. It has a small red ring around it. It doesn't hurt at all only a little when I poke it. Also it definitely wants to come off but I'm not
You have mentioned two of the warning signs of melanoma (change in size and two different colors).
While I don't really have enough medical information to give you a diagnosis, considering that melanoma is one of the most deadly cancers, and the incidence has skyrocketed, the best and safest thing to do is see a dermatologist and have it biopsied as soon as possible. ...Read more
Should I be concerned about a mole on my arm that occasionally turns red-purple colored for a few weeks, then returns to normal brown color?
A mole on my arm has become darker and now has a black line running through it, its only small but I would like to know if it needs checking out?
Changing mole: Any mole with visible changes, especially in color, size, symmetry, edges, should be evaluated by a dermatologist immediately. ...Read more
Can a benign mole that was scratched off come back after a few months? I have a mole on my arm that was scratched off and now it's slowly returning.
Yes, it can.: The important thing to consider if a growth recurs is the possibility that a benign lesion could become malignant. It should be biopsied if it has returnted ...Read more
I just noticed a mole on my arm. It is approximately 2mm in diameter and is symmetrical. It is very slightly raised and has a purplish tint to it. Bad?
Can't say.: It is most likely ok, but without seeing it I can't be sure. It should be check by your doctor. ...Read more
I've had a mole on my arm for as long as I can remember. This summer it scabbed without me getting cut and has healed but is gone. Should I be concern?
If it....: Is gone and hasn't come back then I wouldn't worry about it. If it does come back I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can rule out if it is anything serious or not, but as of right now you are fine and shouldn't worry about it :]. ...Read more
Hi, I've always had this odd mole on my arm and I got it checked out a few years back. They told me just to watch it if it changes shape or colr come back. Well recently it has been itching. Is this something I should worry about?
No: Itching is not a problem as long asit does not change color or size and shape. ...Read more
I have a mole on my arm that I noticed a tiny black speck in. I don't know how long it's been that way. Should I be concerned about melanoma?
No way to tell: See skin doctorGet a more detailed answer ›
7 years ago, I had a mole on my arm that shrunk, then completely went away over period of months. Is this normal? Could it have been cancerous?
Moles: If you can't see it anymore, it is probably not cancerous. If it recurs, see your doctor. ...Read more
I have a small mole on my arm and on my side. Do I need to see a dermatologist or can a GP tell if I can ignore them or if they need to be removed?
I have a mole on my arm that my 3 yo has rubbed/picked at since he was an infant. It has changed to a lighter color & scabbed. Should I be concerned?
Probably: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and even that may not be helpful. You may need to have the lesion removed and the tissue sent to a pathologist for examination. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more
Is laser mole removal effective? I want to pursue mole removal for a 2 inch oblong mole on my arm, but I am scared of surgery and getting a big scar. I want an alternative that won't leave a scar also. Does laser removal of moles really work? .
I have a mole on my arm I've had for years but lately it keeps oozing puss and scabbing over and it's really itchy... Should I get it checked?
Changing mole: Any mole that has recently changed needs to be seen by a dermatologist. As certain skin cancers are dangerous, please make that appointment soon. ...Read more
I've had a mole on my arm pit since I was born and lately it's feeling sore haven't had a doctor see it yet. I think it's fallinoff is that dangerous?
Is a skin biopsy the only way to determine skin cancer? I have a mole on my arm that I am concerned about. I am scared to death that if I go to the dermatologist that he will order a biopsy to be done. Are there any other, less invasive ways of determini
Skin cancer: Skin cancer can be suspected by looking, however, the only way to know for sure is to do a biopsy. There are some benign growths that may be suspicious of skin cancer and vice versa. The most important thing to remember is the earlier the diagnosis, the better the chances of a complete cure, particularly for melanoma. If diagnosed late, melanoma does not have very good treatments. ...Read more
I have a greenish black mole on my arm that has been there for 8 or 9 years and a lot of moles on my body for about a year and a half I have had red blotches on my chest that are starting to spread to my stomach and arms sometimes they are light pink some
Periodic check up: You need to have these lesions checked periodically by a dermatologist. ...Read more
Have it checked out: It's impossible to say online. You should have this checked out by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. This might be totally benign or require removal to prevent problems down the road. I hope this information is helpful. ...Read more
Remove it: This is most likely an epidermal growth without deep roots. This can be easily removed by your family doctor or dermatologist in a brief office visit. ...Read more
Probably.: Different people have different concepts of what a "mole" is, so I'm not sure exactly what you scratched off. But in general, stuff you scratch off accidentally grows back without any problems. If it starts to itch, bleed, change color, or grow rapidly, that's another story, and you'll need to have a dermatologist take a look at it. ...Read more
Hi I caught my arm in a door and cut a mole off, it's hanging by a bit of skin, should I get it checked out or will it be ok? I have the mole 40 yrs. Thx
Should be fine: You should make sure the freshly exposed cut area is cleaned and covered to protect it from infection. The thread by which the mole is still hanging on will likely die and fall off due to lack of blood. ...Read more
Biopsy: If the pain persists may need a biopsy of the mole. ...Read more