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How does a cancerous mole look?

How does a cancerous mole look?

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

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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What does having a cancerous mole mean?

What does having a cancerous mole mean?

Cancer : It needs to be biopsied or completely removed by a physician. It then needs to be checked under the microscope by a pathologist to determine the type of cancer and how deep it invades the skin and underlying tissues. Some skin cancers, especially melanoma, have the ability to spread to distant parts of the body. You need more information from the doctors involved with this case.

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How is a cancerous mole usually removed?

How is a cancerous mole usually removed?

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!

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How do you tell if you have a cancerous mole?

How do you tell if you have a cancerous mole?

It depends: There are several things that should alert you to seek medical attention. If the mole becomes asymmetric or boarders are irregular or changes color or diameter increase then a biopsy might be needed to rule out cancer. Other things to watch for include: pain, itching, bleeding, ulceration or scaly appearance.

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How do you know if you have a cancerous mole?

How do you know if you have a cancerous mole?

See a doctor: See a doctor to have the mole looked at. If they are concerned, they will biopsy or send you to a dermatologist to look at. The only way to know if it is cancerous or not is to biopsy and send to a lab for microscopic evaluation.

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What will happen if cancerous mole goes untreated?

What will happen if cancerous mole goes untreated?

Spreads: The rule for all tumors is that if you leave them alone they will grow on you. Melanoma or a malignant mole can rapidly spread to lymph nodes and then disseminate to every known organ in the body. It can produce satellites adjacent to the primary, ulcerate and bleed. In rare instances spontaneous regression is seen probably because of shedding of tumor protein into the skin inducing immunity.

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What characteristics will a cancerous mole likely have?

What characteristics will a cancerous mole likely have?

ABCDE's of mole chec: Atypical moles that resemble melanoma often has one or all of the following characteristics: a for asymmetry; b for irregular borders; c for lots of different colors (or shades of brown); d for rapidly growing diameter; e for evolving or changing mole.

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If a person has a cancerous mole can they cut it off themselves?

If a person has a cancerous mole can they cut it off themselves?

Self Surgery=Danger!: You have got to be kidding !!! Even a physician that does surgery on themselves has a fool for their surgeon. - Need I say more?

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If i've had one cancerous mole how much does that increase my chance of having more?

If i've had one cancerous mole how much does that increase my chance of having more?

If you have had skin: Cancer you have approximately a 35% chance of getting another skin cancer. If you have any new growths or change in appearance of a mole, you should see your family doctor for evaluation.

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Will a skin cancerous mole appear where you get sunburned badly, or anywhere?

Will a skin cancerous mole appear where you get sunburned badly, or anywhere?

Skin cancer : While most skin cancers occur on chronically sun exposed areas such as the scalp, face, arms, back, and legs , some skin cancers occur on non sun exposed areas . See a dermatologist for a skin examination yearly.

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How soon after diagnosis should you get a cancerous mole removed? Is one month too long to wait?

How soon after diagnosis should you get a cancerous mole removed? Is one month too long to wait?

Depends: "cancerous mole" could mean a mole which has become malignant melanoma, in which case prompt removal would be really important. It might also mean a mole on the way to becoming cancerous (a dysplastic mole), in which case waiting a month is no problem. I suppose it could also mean a basal cell skin cancer or a squamous cell cancer, both of which could wait a month, especially basal. Ask the doc.

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What is the process of having a cancerous mole checked / removed? Do doctors usually just remove it?

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.

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How long does it take for a cancerous mole to spread? When i touch it and its red around the edge. Do you think it's cancerous?

It takes time: Cancer often remains localized for a finite period of time. The whole process takes weeks to months to evolve. So there is ample time to get yourself checked and verify if it is anything that needs a biopsy or not. Many skin conditions are labeled as moles but they may not be melanoma precursors or moles, that can become a melanoma. You should go see a dermatologist when in doubt.

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Pre-cancerous mole on my arm. Just found out. What are my options?

Pre-cancerous mole on my arm. Just found out. What are my options?

Biopsy vs observe: I highly recommend a punch biopsy. This can be done by your primary care doctor, a surgeon, or a dermatologist. You can't really tell with 100% confidence if a mole is pre-cancerous based on its visual appearance. You have to examine it under the microscope. The other (poorer) option is to observe for changes in a few months. Take a high-quality digital photo with a ruler today for comparison.

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If I put moisturizer on a cancerous mole, will it make it less dry and scaly?

Medical check up?: Any mole that has scales or appears dry and irritated should be examined by a physician. If it is a brown or black lesion, look at its borders. If it is changing in size or color or gets elevated, these are signs of concern as a mole can turn into a melanoma in which case it has to be removed before it gets out of control. Get a medical check to be sure.

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I need to have a cancerous mole removed on my arm or leg. Could i opt out of anesthesia?

I need to have a cancerous mole removed on my arm or leg. Could i opt out of anesthesia?

Usually yes: You can opt out of general anesthesia, and have just local anesthesia instead. If the tumor is larger than an inch, though, you probably want to have general anesthesia, especially if they need to take skin from somewhere else to close the wound.

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I had a non cancerous mole sprayed with nitrite to remove it about 4 days ago. I has some oozing clear liquid. What is this clear liquid? Thanks

I had a non cancerous mole sprayed with nitrite to remove it about 4 days ago. I has some oozing clear liquid. What is this clear liquid? Thanks

NON-CANCEROUS MOLE: IT SOUNDS AS IF YOU HAD A KERATOSIS. I BELIEVE YOU DEVELOPED A BLISTER FROM THE LIQUID NITROGEN THAT WAS SPRAYED ON. INSIDE THE BLISTER IS THIS FLUID YOU DESCRIBED. THE FLUID IS SERUM. THIS WILL BREAK AND DRY UP. NO BIG DEAL . . .

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