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Can moles get irritated and look cancerous from scratching them too much?
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
In brief: Yes, visually
An irritated mole can look like a melanoma on visual examination.
The signs for a mole turning into a melanoma are enlargement, bleeding, change in color, therefore an irritated scratched mole may look cancerous to the naked eye. However, if you have the slightest doubt, see your doctor so that it may be removed and examined by a pathologist.

In brief: Yes, visually
An irritated mole can look like a melanoma on visual examination.
The signs for a mole turning into a melanoma are enlargement, bleeding, change in color, therefore an irritated scratched mole may look cancerous to the naked eye. However, if you have the slightest doubt, see your doctor so that it may be removed and examined by a pathologist.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: Why scratching?
Let me ask you this - is that possible that perhaps the reason why you scratch the mole is because the mole has changed- perhaps it is itchy, perhaps it looks a bit red/irritated, cancerous and that is the reason why you are scratching more and have noted more? Any mole that changes- itchy, red, multi colored, growing, bleeding- need to be examined immediately by a dermatologist.
Go to see your md.

In brief: Why scratching?
Let me ask you this - is that possible that perhaps the reason why you scratch the mole is because the mole has changed- perhaps it is itchy, perhaps it looks a bit red/irritated, cancerous and that is the reason why you are scratching more and have noted more? Any mole that changes- itchy, red, multi colored, growing, bleeding- need to be examined immediately by a dermatologist.
Go to see your md.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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