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What are the steps to take to get a suspicious mole checked?

What are the steps to take to get a suspicious mole checked?

Mole assessment: Just get an appointment with a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. The rest will come after the assessment. Best to you. ...Read more

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
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Suspicious Mole (Definition)

A suspicious mole is one that may look different or worrisome for skin cancer. This could be because of its color, irregular border, size, shape or other aspects of its appearance. See a dermatologist in these cases, but a suspicious mole should be biopsied or removed ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: suspicious mole?

Atypical Lesion: A suspicious mole is one that may look different or worrisome for skin cancer. This could be because of its color, irregular border, size, shape or other aspects of its appearance. See a dermatologist in these cases, but a suspicious mole should be biopsied or removed to get a diagnosis. ...Read more

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How long after they remove a suspicious mole can they tell if you if it's cancerous?

How long after they remove a suspicious mole can they tell if you if it's cancerous?

Pathology processing: Takes time, includes preparation of the tissue, fixing the tissue, causing it to adhere to the slide, staining it with dyes, and now ubiquitous immunological markers before a pathologisty can read the slide, and render an opinion. If there is a question, this goes from 36 hours, to weeks. ...Read more

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What is the probability of a suspicious mole being cancerous during biopsy?

What is the probability of a suspicious mole being cancerous during biopsy?

100% or 0%: Don't guess odds. A suspicious mole needs to come off. It's either cancer and your life is probably saved, or it's inconsequential. Neglect a suspicious lesion, and there's a fair chance you will pay with your life. A dermatologist can guess malignancy with pretty good accuracy in a suspicious mole, but it's never certain and criteria for moles that should come off are basically scientific. ...Read more

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I took an image of a suspicious mole on my shin and want to know if it looks cancerous.

I took an image of a suspicious mole on my shin and want to know if it looks cancerous.

Biopsy: My suggestion is go see a dermatologist. He would be able to give you a better idea. When in doubt, her would biopsy it or totally remove it and send it in for evaluation to see what it is. You are in FL, so I would not fool around with any suspicious dark spots... ...Read more

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Who can I consult about a suspicious mole & risk of skin cancer?

Who can I consult about a suspicious mole & risk of skin cancer?

Surgeon: You can see your primary doctor or a surgeon to have your mole evaluated. Some primary doctors will remove these in the office. Most surgeons will definitely remove them either in the office or in the operating room. ...Read more

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Suspicious mole removed came back completely normal on pathology report. Is there a chance they could have missed a melanoma?

Suspicious mole removed came back completely normal on pathology report. Is there a chance they could have missed a melanoma?

Unlikely: In the hands of a competent pathologist the diagnosis is probably accurate. You and your dermatologist could ask for a second opinion if there is concern. ...Read more

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The suspicious mole is on the right side of my back , the swollen lymph node is the back right side of my neck , are they related?

Hope not: Go see a dermatologist now and get this looked at critically and biopsied if necessary. Do asap. Good luck. ...Read more

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Suspicious mole removed near hamstring 2 yrs ago. benign. small pea sized lump recently developed. cancer or cyst?

Suspicious mole removed near hamstring 2 yrs ago. benign. small pea sized lump recently developed. cancer or cyst?

Get it removed: You should see your doctor and have an examination of this suspicious lump. I should actually be removed and examined microscopically as it can be a recurrence of the same tumor, possibly it is cancerous(Melanoma). But biopsy is recommended urgently. ...Read more

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Have a suspicious mole on my neck, it gets a little bit of sun exposure when I walk places. Would mild sun speed up potential cancer growth?

Have a suspicious mole on my neck, it gets a little bit of sun exposure when I walk places. Would mild sun speed up potential cancer growth?

May be: If you cannot see the mole with a mirror, have a trusted friend of family member take pictures of it and have the person check the more every couple of months to see if there is any change. If you suspect any change, please consult your doctor. If it is causing you anxiety, you may consider having it removed. ...Read more

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Going to get thumb-size mole checked. I'm very tense person due to spasticity. Should I take muscle relaxer? Would that interfere w/med used to numb?

Going to get thumb-size mole checked. I'm very tense person due to spasticity. Should I take muscle relaxer? Would that interfere w/med used to numb?

No NO: Exactly what do you mean by "muscle relaxer"? No you will not need a tranquilizer. No, it will not interfere with local anesthesia. You do not yet know if any procedure will be done. It will not hurt. Relax. ...Read more

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When should you get a mole checked out?

See: Whenever you are concerned with a mole, have it checked out by a dermatologist. Good luck from NYC ...Read more

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My mole hurts, should I get it checked out?

My mole hurts, should I get it checked out?

Not normal: A mole should not itch, burn, bleed, or weep fluid. It should never be painful. If it is any if these, please seek the attention if a physician to biopsy or remove the lesion. ...Read more

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I have a mole with a dark spot in it should I get it checked out?

Better safe: There is no substitute for having a funny mole checked out by a dermatologist. If you're concerned, setup an appointment to have your mole checked out by an expert. ...Read more

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I have a mole on my back that at started scanning over for no reason should I get it checked?

I have  a mole on my back that at started scanning over for no reason should I get it checked?

Unclear description: If the mole has increased in size, become irregular, changed color, developed a nodule, or started bleeding, it would be prudent to have it checked. ...Read more

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I have had this mole on my chest for all my life. It doesn't pain or bother me really but should I get it checked?

Change ?: If a mole has been present for many years and has not grown or changed in any way , chances are good that it is benign. But if it enlarges , thickens , becomes irregular, discolored or inflamed or bleeds -- it is imperative to have it checked. ...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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Nevi (Definition)

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