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When should I be concerned about whether a mole is cancerous?

When should I be concerned about whether a mole is cancerous?

Several factors: If the lesion is larger than a pencil eraser, irregular edges, strange or color variations, assymetric, growing size or lesion bleeds. Any of these features then dermatology should see. No sure fire way without a biopsy. ...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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Had a mole removed was told a typical cells not cancer most important not carcinoma waiting to see what doc is going to do next should I be concerned ?

Had a mole removed was told a typical cells not cancer most important not carcinoma waiting to see what doc is going to do next should I be concerned ?

Not really: Good news that the pathology report showed no cancer. Your doctor will monitor you closely over the next months and examine your skin from head to toe every 6-12 months. Since the path did show atypical cells, you may be at risk for having a mole develop into cancer. What you should be concerned about is always checking for any moles that may look "funny" and see your doc. Always wear sun screen. ...Read more

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Hi I have a small, about 1x2mm abnormal looking mole on the palm of my hand. I am extremely scared it might be skin cancer. Should i be concerned?

Hi I have a small, about 1x2mm abnormal looking mole on the palm of my hand. I am extremely scared it might be skin cancer. Should i be concerned?

Skin lesion: The size is very small as you described, what abnormality you see is not clear, if something there for yrs and have not been changing, it is most probably benign, if you see recent change in size, shape and color have it examined by a dermatologist ...Read more

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I have a mole on the rim of my anus. I'm concerned it may be cancerous, I'm not comfortable addressing the issue in person. I have a picture.

I have a mole on the rim of my anus. I'm concerned it may be cancerous, I'm not comfortable addressing the issue in person. I have a picture.

Not likely Cancer: You can't go through life wondering and believe me doctors don't have a problem dealing with this stuff. Find a tough guy general surgeon in your area, maybe with a military background, and man up and see him. Afterwards you may just become a perfect a-hole. The founder of HT says humor is good, right? ...Read more

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concerned - reoccurring mole hair cancerous? appears normal in size and colour and hasnt grown but the black hair in it keeps growing - female, POCS

concerned - reoccurring mole hair cancerous? appears normal in size and colour and hasnt grown but the black hair in it keeps growing - female, POCS

Hairy mole: In general, "moles" should be checked by experienced practitioners and biopsied or followed if necessary. Hair, growing or not, doesn't usually enter into it. Although most melanoma and basal cell neoplasms do not grow hair, some dark hairy patches can be serious, see: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1295033-overview ...Read more

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Is a skin biopsy the only way to determine skin cancer? I have a mole on my arm that I am concerned about. I am scared to death that if i go to the dermatologist that he will order a biopsy to be done. Are there any other, less invasive ways of determini

Skin cancer: Skin cancer can be suspected by looking, however, the only way to know for sure is to do a biopsy. There are some benign growths that may be suspicious of skin cancer and vice versa. The most important thing to remember is the earlier the diagnosis, the better the chances of a complete cure, particularly for melanoma. If diagnosed late, melanoma does not have very good treatments. ...Read more

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I'm 26 weeks pregnant & just found out I have a basal cell skin cancer. Do I need to be concerned? Had a mole biopsied that came back as basal cell.

I'm 26 weeks pregnant & just found out I have a basal cell skin cancer.  Do I need to be concerned?  Had a mole biopsied that came back as basal cell.

See dermatologist: Basal cell cancers tend to grow fairly slowly so delaying treatment until after your pregnancy may be ok. But it really depends where it is and how extensive it is and what kind of basal cell cancer it is. You might be able to have it removed under local anesthesia especially in the second trimester. You should talk to a dermatologist to go over the options. ...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)

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