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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

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


Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Definition)

Nevi is a clinical finding for a pigmented area of skin, such as ...Read more