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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


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What causes moles?

What causes moles?

They are natural: Moles, "nevi", also called "beauty marks" are pigmented skin growths that usually appear at a very young age but can become more apparent with further growth. The vast majority are totally benign and don't require treatment. Rarely, if a mole changes suddenly, consult with a dermatologist for possible biopsy as abnormal cells may be present. ...Read more

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What causes Moles?

What causes Moles?

They just happen: They actually result from a couple of mutations happening in a single cell of the nerve sheath family -- schwann cell or actual melanocyte depending on the kind of mole. These lesions are subclassified into lentigos, several types of common nevi, and a bunch of others. Common nevi and lentigos are more common if you got sunburns as a kid. There's a genetic component. Watch your nevi closely. ...Read more

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What do moles mean?

What do moles mean?

Skin Growth: A mole is a lesion on the skin which is usually darker than the surrounding skin. It may be flat or raised. It may or may not have hairs. ...Read more

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Why do we have moles?

Moles : Moles are simply a collection of cells (melanocytes) that develop over time . Genetics have a strong role . Any changing mole should be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Why do new moles itch?

Why do new moles itch?

Don't usually: Surrounding skin might itch for other reasons. Maybe eczema. You can speak to a dermatologist about it. ...Read more

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What do moles look like?

Moles: Moles, known medically as nevi, are clusters of pigmented cells that often appear as small, dark brown spots. However, moles can come in a range of colors and can develop virtually anywhere on your body. Most moles are harmless, but in rare cases, moles may become cancerous. Monitoring moles and other pigmented patches is an important step in detecting skin cancer, especially malignant melanoma. ...Read more

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Are halo moles dangerous?

Halo: Halo moles are not uncommon. It is the darker mole itself that must be evaluated by a dermatologist to determine if an abnormal or cancerous mole is present. In many cases the mole is normal . Either way , have the lesion evaluated. ...Read more

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How to stop getting moles?

Cant stop: Usually exposure to ultraviolet rays increase the incidence of moles, but many appear in sites never exposed to the sun so that if one has the tendency to form moles or has had an ealrly melanoma excised, carefull monitoring is necessary. ...Read more

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Do moles always grow back?

Do moles always grow back?

Not Always: It depends on how they were removed. If they were completely excised (cut out) they will not return. ...Read more

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How can we grow new moles?

Sunlight: Exposure can stimulate the growth of the types of cells, melanocytes, that cause moles. If any of your new moles looks different from the others ("ugly duckling sign") be sure your physician knows about it and takes special care in evaluating it. ...Read more

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How fast do new moles grow?

How fast do new moles grow?

Varies: Most moles do not grow. Please see my answer to another question of yours and address your obsession about moles. ...Read more

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Why do moles appear and why?

Why do moles appear and why?

Moles: Moles occur when cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin. These cells are called melanocytes, and they make the pigment that gives skin its natural color. ...Read more

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Why do moles form over time?

Moles: Moles can form at any age. Some are formed at birth and are called congenital. Early childhood is the time of formation of many new moles. Moles may form at the junction of epidermis and dermis or form only in the dermis. Depending on where they form, they appear to be different. Some moles may be flat while some may be raised. Moles also form in different colors- from light brown to dark blue. ...Read more

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What are the tests for moles?

Biopsy: A mole can be removed and sent for pathology to determine what kind of mole it is. ...Read more

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What are the tests for Moles?

Biopsy!: The only way to know for certain whether a mole is malignant is a tissue specimen sent to the pathologist for microscopic evaluation. This is the definitive answer for any concern regarding a pigmented or non-pigmented lesion that may be regarded as a "mole". ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Moles?

What are the symptoms of Moles?

Most have none: Most moles have no symptoms. Itching and bleeding are the most common symptoms of moles that raise the concern for skin cancer. ...Read more

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