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What Percentage Of Moles Are Usually Cancerous
What is the process of having a cancerous mole checked / removed? Do doctors usually just remove it?
Yes: If you have a lot of moles it's a good idea to have a full body skin exam performed once a year or so. If you have a family history of skin cancer or personal history of skin cancer then you should be seen twice a year. If a mole looks suspicious then the doctor will usually remove it and send it to a pathologist for diagnosis. When in doubt, take it out. ...Read more
Are all moles that change cancerous? I've always had a lot of moles and I'm almost 35... some have changed. None are painful.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, visually: An irritated mole can look like a melanoma on visual examination. The signs for a mole turning into a melanoma are enlargement, bleeding, change in color, therefore an irritated scratched mole may look cancerous to the naked eye. However, if you have the slightest doubt, see your doctor so that it may be removed and examined by a pathologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the mole: While moles are generally benign, or non-cancerous, there are some that can contain cancer. One class of mole, called congenital giant nevus, is very large and dark and can become a melanoma. Typical moles are very unlikely to be cancerous, but any concerning lesion should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgically: When a mole is clinically suspicious of being worrisome for melanoma it is biopsied. The biopsy will usually provide a precise diagnosis and will help guide the treatment which can be surgical excision of the mole with an extra 5 mm of skin all around to a couple of centimeters of skin including possible sentinel lymph node biopsy if the cancer is more evolved. Early detection & removal cures! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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