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What do cancerous moles look like?

What do cancerous moles look  like?

Changing mole: It can be hard to tell sometimes but for the lay person, any mole that is changing color, character, bleeds, gets darker, gets irregular or has symptoms, should be examined by a physician knowlegeable about such lesions. A dermatologist is a specialist in this area. If you are even in doubt, get it checked out. Google warning signs of skin cancers. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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What do cancer bruises look like?

What do cancer bruises look like?

Please see doctor: There is no clear answer for this. If you are concerned you have cancer that is seen on your skin surface, please have your doctor do an exam. ...Read more

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What do moles look like?

What do moles look like?

Moles: Moles, known medically as nevi, are clusters of pigmented cells that often appear as small, dark brown spots. However, moles can come in a range of colors and can develop virtually anywhere on your body. Most moles are harmless, but in rare cases, moles may become cancerous. Monitoring moles and other pigmented patches is an important step in detecting skin cancer, especially malignant melanoma. ...Read more

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What do mouth cancers look like?

What do mouth cancers look like?

Ulcers.: Oral cavity cancers often present as nonhealing ulcers that can be painful. ...Read more

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What do tumors look like under the skin?

What do tumors look like under the skin?

Unclear question: A tumor under the skin would appear as a lump that may be visible and palpable. ...Read more

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What does squeamish skin cancer look like?

What does squeamish skin cancer look like?

Crusty or ulcerated: I think you mean squamous cell carcinoma. It can vary in appearance from a red, occasionally bleeding patch of skin to a deep ulcer. Sometimes the skin can be thickened over a reddish base as well. Biopsy is the only way to know for sure. ...Read more

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What does h.I.V moles look like?

What does h.I.V  moles look like?

Kaposi's sarcoma: Common moles / nevi aren't a feature of advanced HIV infection, but kaposi's sarcoma, a quasimalignant proliferation of blood vessels due to the herpes 8 virus is vary familiar. These are red-brown, flat-or-raised lesions. Now that HIV infection is manageable, we are seeing less of these, which is a good thing. If you are concerned, your physician can offer easy HIV testing. ...Read more

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What does skin cancer look like?

What does skin cancer look like?

Varies: There are several different types of skin cancers. Squamous cell the skin begins as a small nodule and as it enlarges the center becomes necrotic and sloughs and the nodule turns into an ulcer. Basal cell patients present with a shiny, pearly nodule. Melanoma patients have an irregularly appearing pigmented lesion. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Lane Dr. Lane
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What does skin cancer look like?

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What does skin cancer look like?

ABCD: Just remember the abc's. A- asymmetric or irregular b- bleeds c- color changes d- diameter or size enlargement. ...Read more

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What do leukemia bruises look like? Do they grow?

What do leukemia bruises look like? Do they grow?

See below.: The bruising that patients with leukemia have are caused by low platelets. Usually they don't look different that "regular" bruises, but a person usually notices that they have many more bruises than normal and in unusual areas of the body (chest, back, for example). Sometimes the bruises can have a hard lump associated with them (purpura). If you have new unexplained bruising, see your doc. ...Read more

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What does toenail cancer look like?

What does toenail cancer look like?

Different : Appearances. Sometimes pigmented, other times not. If you suspect it..See podiatrist or dermatologist. You may need a biopsy. ...Read more

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What do skin cancers usually look like?

Dr. Karen Han Dr. Han
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What do skin cancers usually look like?

Non-healing wounds: If you have a growth that is not healing, and tends to bleed on its own, you should definitely bring it to the attention of your dermatologist. For photos of common skin cancers, please see the following website: http://www.Aad.Org/skin-conditions/skin-cancer-detection. ...Read more

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What do tounge tumors look look and why do we get them?

What do tounge tumors look look and why do we get them?

Unknown causes: Tongue tumors are ugly looking growths that are usually painless, but can be ulcerated. The known causative factors include smoking, chewing tobacco and alcohol use. ...Read more

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What do warts look like.?

What do warts look like.?

Brownish cauliflower: They look somewhat different depending on location and up to 65% resolve within 2yrs without treatment. If you like, home remedies such duct tape, rubbing raw garlic over then cover, tea-tree oil application etc...Have been reported with success. Otc med such as compound -w etc...If severe or persistent, consult your doc as there many treatment options..Topicals vs freezing/electrodesication etc.. ...Read more

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What do lungs that have cancer look like?

What do lungs that have cancer look like?

Round spots on scan: Cancer in the lungs whether it comes from the lungs or from another organ usually looks like round spot(s) on xray or ct scan. It can present as one spot (lesion) or more than one. If you take it out by surgery, you can feel the tumor as a hard round lump. ...Read more

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What does lip cancer look like?

What does lip cancer look like?

Non-healing: Generally lip (squamous cancer) cancer looks like a dry, scaly sore that does not heal unlike a cold sore. Sometimes it may bleed. It is more common on the lower lip. ...Read more

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What does a skin cancer lump/bump look like?

What does a skin cancer lump/bump look like?

See an expert: For skin cancer diagnosis. Just looking at a lesion can let many experienced dermatologists or plastic surgeons make a "probable" diagnosis, but biopsy and microscopic verification is needed to be sure. Not only that, but complete removal is determined by microscopically checking the edges, and then expert reconstruction or skin closure in layers by a plastic surgeon will leave the least scarring. ...Read more

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What does tonsil cancer look like?

Bulging lump: Usually, it shows up as a lump on the side of the throat in the back. It can be painful or pain less. If the tonsil looks swollen, red, or irregular shaped, then it needs to be biopsied. Also, it can show up as swollen lymph nodes on the side of the neck as well. ...Read more

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How to tell if some moles look like they are at high risk of cancer?

How to tell if some moles look like they are at high risk of cancer?

ABCDE's!: They are: assymetry, borders irregular, color blotchy, diameter over 6mm (pencil eraser sized), and evolution (how has it changed). If you're worried, see your doc (any doctor, don't wait for a dermatologist), and it is ok to ask for a biopsy! ...Read more

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I have like a mole or something on my leg. Could it be cancer?

Hard to know: Without an exam it is hard to answer your question. It is concerning when moles change - change in size, color, become irregularly shaped, itch, bleed. Most moles are relatively easy to remove and test. Please see your primary doctor or a surgeon to see if this needs to be removed and tested. ...Read more

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Why do moles cause cancer?

Why do moles cause cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Do all moles cause cancer eventually?

NO: Most moles are benign and will never become cancer. They medical name for them is a nevus. ...Read more

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Do all asymetrical moles mean cancer?

Do all asymetrical moles mean cancer?

Not necessarily: We usually describe regular or irregular moles and also cancerous ones. Irregular or asymmetric moles usually can be bigger & raise more scrutiny when there are many. Any change in color, size, border, etc should be checked. Some regular moles can become irregular/asymmetric. Irregular moles may confer risk of melanoma elsewhere usually not themselves progressing to melanoma. Thorough derm eval! ...Read more

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Do all jagged edged moles mean cancer?

Do all jagged edged moles mean cancer?

No: It is hard to know if your moles are concerning without an examination. It is concerning when moles change - change in size, color, become irregularly shaped, itch, bleed. Most moles are relatively easy to remove and test. Please see your primary doctor or a surgeon to see if this needs to be removed and tested. ...Read more

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Ate all moles with uneven boarder cancer?

No, and: you should see a qualified dermatologist if you have any concern. A biopsy is required for definitive diagnosis, but an exam by a dermatologist is prudent to see which moles require biopsy. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a mole is cancer?

How can you tell if a mole is cancer?

Change & pathology: A mole may turn into cancer, melanoma. The process is usually associated with enlargement, color change, change in borders, bleeding, ulceration, development of enlarged lymph nodes related to the site. Confirmation requires removal of the lesion and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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How are moles on your skin related to cancer?

Have new ones checkd: Although changes in our skin are normal as we age, if u notice new changes that r concerning have them looked at by your regular doctor. Most benign skin changes are easy to identify by looking at them. Skin cancer identification is defined by the a, b, c's. A- asymmetric shape. B- borders that are irregular, c-color (multiple colors are concerning) there are some more features but these r basics. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a changing mole, but is it cancer or just a scratch?

What to do if I have a changing mole, but is it cancer or just a scratch?

When in doubt - eval: American academy of dermatology: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read more

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What are the signs that a mole is skin cancer?

What are the signs that a mole is skin cancer?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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What happens if you just ignore a skin cancer mole?

What happens if you just ignore a skin cancer mole?

Don't take a chance!: If a mole or any lesion on the skin has been biopsied as a cancer you need to follow through with the recommended treatment. This usually is complete removal by surgical excision. Melanoma kills so have any concerning lesion checked by a dermatologist and if the biopsy comes back as an early melanoma have it excised as this is curative. Don't take a chance. ...Read more

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How is skin cancer treated? How are cancerous moles treated?

How is skin cancer treated? How are cancerous moles treated?

Skin cancer: There are different techniques to remove skin cancer. The technique that has the highest cure rate and that spares the most normal tissue is called mohs micrographic surgery. This method allows the cancer to be traced out under the microscope by examining the entire periphery of the excised tumor. If any roots are seen the excision and microscopic checking continues until tumor free plane obtained. ...Read more

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How much scratching on a mole to cause cancer?

How much scratching on a mole to cause cancer?

Get it off: You can scratch a mole all you want and it won't turn it into cancer. That's a myth -- it doesn't make sense biologically. But if the mole bothers you, have it taken off. Enough said? ...Read more

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Can a new mole (located on my back) mean cancer?

New mole : One can develop new moles as one ages. If a new mole has abnormal features such as asymmetry, irregular borders, different colors (especially brown/black), diameter bigger than a pencil head eraser, or evolving (itch, bleed, etc.) have it examined by a dermatologist . Melanoma is most commonly found on men on the back. This location, however, does not guarantee a mole is or is not cancerous. ...Read more

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How can I prevent moles from growing into cancer?

How can I prevent moles from growing into cancer?

Watch closely: You should watch the moles to see if any is growing, changing color, bleeding or becoming a mass. If you see any changes, consult your doctor. If you want to be absolutely sure, you could have the mole in concern removed, however, that is usually not a practical issue since most people have multiple moles. ...Read more

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How quickly does cancer in a mole normally spread?

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It depends: There is no easy answer for this. The potential for spread in a melanoma really depends on how deep it is when it is caught and if it is ulcerated (open and bleeding). The deeper it is the more likely it is to have spread. The rate of spread is variable. Predictors of a worse outcome include: male gender, >65 years of age, extremities involvement, lymph node involvement and metastases. ...Read more

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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)

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