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Does a dry itchy raised new mole always mean cancer?

Does a dry itchy raised new mole always mean cancer?

Itchy : Not every itchy mole is cancerous. Not every raised mole is cancerous. With that said it is a good idea to have a mole that is changing(raised) and symptomatic (itchy) evaluated by a dermatologist to make sure it is not cancerous. ...Read more

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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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I had a mole removed and the area is now red, itchy, bumpy and sore. What does this mean?

I had a mole removed and the area is now red, itchy, bumpy and sore. What does this mean?

Possible infection : Have your physician examine the area for possibility of infection. ...Read more

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Treating Moles (Checklist)

See a dermatologist for any mole changing size, color, or shape
Yearly
See a dermatologist if any moles become itchy, tender, or sensitive
Yearly
Get a skin cancer screening every year
Yearly
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Itchy mole! what does it mean?

Itchy mole! what does it mean?

Itchy Mole : An itchy mole can be a symptom of melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer. However, you have to take into consideration other factors that may be causing your mole to itch. Are you using a new laundry detergent? Do you use lotion that contains fragrances or other chemicals that is irritating the skin? Think about what products you use and how they may cause skin irritation. See your derm asap! ...Read more

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If you have had mole for ages and it strts to get itchy what does that mean?

If you have had mole for ages and it strts to get itchy what does that mean?

Itchy mole: A mole with recent changes of any one of the following; itching, bleeding, change in color or size, assymetry, irregular borders, needs to be checked out. Go see your dermatologist! ...Read more

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Treating Moles (Checklist)

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2x year
Get a loved one to examine your back
4x year
If mole changes (color, grow, bleed, itch) promptly see your doctor
once
Examine your own body
4x year
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I suddenly got an itchy mole (1cm or 3/8 inch) on my back?

I suddenly got an itchy mole (1cm or 3/8 inch) on my back?

See your doctor.: Most such moles are benign, but have your doctor look at it since it seems to concern you. The reassurance will be worth it, and if it does not look right, he can help you get a referral to a dermatologist if necessary. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have a dark itchy mole on my back should I be worried?

Need evaluation : The abcde criteria may help here. Check asymmetry, border irregularity, color variation, diameter bigger than a pencil eraser, and evolution/change. The more atypical findings, the more concerning. Dark moles are always worth checking. ...Read more

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Treating Moles (Checklist)

see dermatologise annually
yearly
have mole checked if changing size, color, borders, symmetry
once
wear sunscreen everyday even if cloudy
every other hours, while awake
have moles checked more frequently if family history of melanoma
2x year
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Nevi (Definition)

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

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