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What Causes A Mole To Turn Cancerous
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
Had a shave removal of a mole, which was benign, but it grew back. Can the removal change the cells to cause it to grow back cancerous?
Get is excised: A mole can recur which is probably the case with you right now. But it can also be a melanoma. I would recommend you going to a surgeon and get this mole completely re-excised and examined by a pathologist so that you will be able to get a formal pathology report just to be sure that you do not have a melanoma which has been treated as a mole, first time around.
No: Scratching a mole will not make it become cancer. However, if you were scratching it does it itch? Itching is a concerning symptom that makes doctors more suspicious that a mole could be cancer. Moles are easily removed. It is often an office procedure. Please see your doctor or surgeon to have it evaluated to know for sure if it needs to be removed and tested.See 1 more doctor answer
No: At best we are rarely left with no other explanation but almost always, considering previous state of mole, exact location of injury and time frame to development, all usually points toward trauma, abrasion or scratching, etc as reasons that lead us to evaluate the mole - not causing cancerous degeneration. A traumatized non-cancerous mole often heals normally while cancerous moles/lesions don't.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Most malignant melanomas arise on their own, but you should report any ugly change in a mole to your physician, and if in doubt, off it comes.
This tiny mole just formed on my neck out of nowhere I smoke and I want to know can that mole cause any type of cancer?
It may: Any new mole should be checked by your local dermatologist. He or she will be able to determine if the mole is OK
No!: Only UV light from Sun has been known to cause melanoma.
Generally speaking, can bleaching hair a lot cause a mole on head to become cancerous? Can't see it, but told I was born with one and have bleached hair
Picked on a mole consistently thinking it was a scab and it ended up creating an actual scab and disappearing after peeling. Is this a sign of malignancy or can this occur? Can picking cause cancer?
Not really: This can occur either way if recurs seek a doctor for wide excision. Otherwise you shaved a mole without a doctor. I all is well and this helped.
Was born with a mole/spot on my head, I'm told. I can't see it. In college, I bleached my hair A LOT-I have dark hair. Cld that cause it to turn cancerous?
Mole: If you are concerned, have it evaluated by a board certified dermatologist
I have a mole on my left breast that itches scabs peels and then heals over and over again. Are there any causes other than cancer?
Yes: It sounds like you are scratching off a benign mole. However, to be safe, you should visit a doctor to be certain.
Had two cancerous moles removed at age 12. 21 now. Having a biopsy done of a large mole on my breast. If cancerous could it cause breast cancer?
So worried can touching black mold if you wash hands about 2 minutes later cause cancer? Also cn shaving over a mole if doesn't bleed/ not irritated?
I accidentally pinched my palm with a staple remover. It did not bleed but I believe it caused a blood clot in my palm and now it looks like mole. What shall I do? Is this cancerous?
Give it time: It probably is just blood beneath the skin surface and will go away with time. Sometimes these skin changes can be permanant. If it is worrying you, then you might think about seeing a dermatologist after a few months
They can change!: Melanoma is a skin cancer that involves the cells which produce pigment. Moles on our skin also contain the same cells so when they change and appear worrisome (the abcde's) we worry about those cells transforming into melanoma. So moles don't cause cancer but can transform into cancer given the right conditions (sun exposure, family/genetic history. Etc.). Visit www. Skincancer. Org for more info.See 1 more doctor answer
I used to have a habit of picking couple of moles that I have on my skin with my fingers. Could such a habit cause skin cancer or something dangerous?
Mole picking: Any skin moless on our body, should not be picked or removed by self inflicted injury; they should be seen by your physician, then sent for biopsy. The "picking" will only aggravate them and sometimes cause more harm than good. You can cause a skin infection from picking them. Moles must be measured for size and examined for changes. Melanomas can arise from moles. Stop picking them.See 1 more doctor answer
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