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When is a mole called an unusual mole?

When is a mole called an unusual mole?

Changes: When a mole changes quickly or looks different than expected it is called unusual. Moles are extremely common and most people have them. Unusual is a broad term and can mean different things to different people! i always warned my patients that any mole changing should be seen by your pcp. Any new mole appearing quickly is dangerous until seen by your pcp. Don' take chance on it being malignant. ...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


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I have a new, somewhat unusual mole that was never there before?

I have a new, somewhat unusual mole that was never there before?

Get checked: Any new mole especially if it's asymmetric, has irregular borders, or has more than one color should be checked by your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have what I've always called a blood mole. Its tiny & doesn't cause issues but im curious why it exists. I know it is blood since I pricked it once.?

I have what I've always called a blood mole. Its tiny & doesn't cause issues but im curious why it exists. I know it is blood since I pricked it once.?

Probably benign but: Although this is likely benign, any new lesion or change to existing lesions should be checked; squamous cell carcinoma, a treatable skin cancer, is often described as a sore or pimple that doesn't heal, and can bleed easily. ...Read more

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What is a mole that's peeling off called?

What is a mole that's peeling off called?

See your doctor: If you have been picking you will want your doctor to inspect it, remove it and send for biopsy if she thinks it is suspicious. If the mole has changed you need your doctor to check and recommend removal and biopsy. ...Read more

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How long for mole biopsy results if bad? My doc said they only call if bad.. When is a avg time to say I'm in the clear? Done tues AM, now Friday

Time: It usually takes 2-3 days for pathology reports to come back to the office of your surgeon or physician. The pathologist will report the result no mater if it is good or bad. Every pathology specimen has a report, no mater the result that it has. Give it some time. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dermatologist office called. Tiny mole they removed was mildly dysplatic. He wants to do a larger incision 'just to be safe because of an area of damage skin'. What does this remark mean?

Mole : Atypical , formerly termed dysplastic moles are "graded" mild, moderate, or severely atypical . The biopsy is read by a pathologist and it may be determined if the mole was completely removed or not. At times , the dermatologist may use clinical judgement to remove more tissue if the results are ambiguous . Talk to your dermatologist regarding all options ...Read more

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I got a call from the dermatologist's office. I have a small mole on my butt, a severe dysplastic nevus with pre cancerous cells. Is this cancer? I have further surgerynext week.

Possibly: So far the dermatologist doesn't have enough information to diagnose cancer. You need to have the whole thing removed and carefully examined by someone with pathology training. This wouldn't be colon cancer, and if you had colon cancer, this would be an unlikely place for it to turn up. ...Read more

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My husband had 3 moles removed by a dermatologist n we got a call back in 2days stating now needs surgery cuz they 're in a change mode.surg in 4 wks!

My husband had 3 moles removed by a dermatologist n we got a call back in 2days stating now needs surgery cuz they 're in a change mode.surg in 4 wks!

Second opinion: In many cases, seeking a second opinion is not only warranted, but necessary. Unless your disease is life threatening and requires emergency care, it is never a bad idea to seek a second opinion. Getting a second opinion helps you feel more confident about your diagnosis and treatment plan. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Definition)

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