Are red moles cancerous?

usually not. Black/brown moles are more likely to be cancerous. Most red ones do not change and are typically benign. But if the mole you have gets bigger , like more than one cm in size, then you should go see your doctor to be sure that it is benign.

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I have a mole with redness around it. Is it cancerous?

Not necessarily. But it should be examined by your doctor especially if it is dark brown or black. Red skin lesions are often benign but black and changing moles can be cancerous and should not be ignored. Read more...

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. Read more...

I have a small blackish mole with a red/brown ring around it. I am very worried and I am hoping its not cancer. If it is cancer is it in early stages?

Why do you ask? Even though you're only 16, if you feel you have to ask us, you need to have it seen by your personal physician. Get on the phone and make an appointment. I'm glad you're health- aware. Best wishes. Read more...
Dermatologist. Most moles/nevi are benign in younger people. Nevi in younger adults/adolescents tend to be more benign (congenital or spitz Nevis). If the mole is in a sun exposed region and is A (asymmetric), B (has irregular borders), C (changes color over time) and D (is greater than 1 cm), than it is more worrisome for melanoma. You are young and if you are worried, reassurance from a dermatologist may help. Read more...
Pigmented lesion. Melanoma can occur at a young age, so having an odd looking, multicolored, or irregularly pigmented lesion seen and removed is worthwhile. Only good pathologic exam of the removed specimen can determine reliably how deep (advanced) it is if it is malignant. Don't delay having it seen by someone who can help. Read more...

I've had a red oval mole on my shoulder for 8- 9 years now. No health issues whatsoever. Could it be cancerous or is it benign since it's been so long?

Most likely benign . But, the only way to know for sure is with a biopsy. So if you want 100% certainty you would have to have a bx done. Realistically, if it has been unchanged for 8-9 years the chance of something bad is minuscule . Read more...

I have a dark mole with red around it and bleeding and its painful I was wondering if it is cancerd its painful I was wondering if it is cancer

Needs a biopsy. Any change in the character of a long standing mole should be evaluated by a dermatologist, who will send it for pathology examination. While "pain" per se, is unusual for a mole, bleeding, redness, increase in size, and irregular contours must be evaluated. Make an appointment now. Read more...
Could be. Skin cancer doesnt have any 1 symptom, ie bleeding or prescence or absence of pain. It could just be an inflamed keratosis, sun damage. But multi colored, bleeding are factored in. Someone should look at them and biopsy if needed. Read more...

I have a lightly colored, brown mole which swells up a bit and turns to red after I scratch it. Is this normal, it this a type of skin cancer?

Probably not. It is hard to say since I am not there to see it. If you are absolutely unsure i would go see a dermatologist. Read more...
Unlikely, but it can. Happen. Many benign lesions look like cancers but are not. The only way to know is to get it biopsied; a simple procedure that can be done in the office. See a dermatologist, find out, and put your mind at ease. Good luck! Read more...

I have a rapidly enlarging, painful red mole on my shoulder. I've never had this change in any other cherry angiomas. Could it be cancerous?

Suspicious moles . The color, borders, appearance and size of a skin lesion are most important determinants to assess potential for a cancerous lesion. An experienced physician will do skin biopsy if the lesion appears worrisome. Without actually looking at it it is hard to say if you need biopsy or not. Therefore get it checked out. . Read more...

Small black mole, rough, 1/4 inch high appeared overnight. Unique. I exfoliated it off, all that is left is bleeding red pinpoint. Skin cancer?

I doubt it. Skin cancer, other than melanoma would be very unusual in a 17 year old. Melanoma is typically not rough on the surface and it would be difficult to 'exfoliate' it without a lot of bleeding. Watch the site for a few months...If it recurs then you need to see a dermatologist to treat it well next time. Read more...
ABCDEs of Melanoma. The abcdes of melanoma are:a=asymmetry(one half unlike the other half), b=border (irregular, scalloped, poorly defined border), c=color (varied from one are to another), d=diameter (while melanomas are usually greater than 6mm they can be smaller when diagnosed), e=evolving(change in size, shape, color).Hope this helped :]. Read more...