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What happens if you just ignore a skin cancer mole?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Don't take a chance!

If a mole or any lesion on the skin has been biopsied as a cancer you need to follow through with the recommended treatment.
This usually is complete removal by surgical excision. Melanoma kills so have any concerning lesion checked by a dermatologist and if the biopsy comes back as an early melanoma have it excised as this is curative. Don't take a chance.

In brief: Don't take a chance!

If a mole or any lesion on the skin has been biopsied as a cancer you need to follow through with the recommended treatment.
This usually is complete removal by surgical excision. Melanoma kills so have any concerning lesion checked by a dermatologist and if the biopsy comes back as an early melanoma have it excised as this is curative. Don't take a chance.
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Spreading

The worst scenario would be the cancer spreading to distant sites/vital organs, and causing death.
That would happen to 25% of melanoma patients. For persons had other kind of cancers like basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma, they might have a lesser chance of death, say 1/1000 or less. But bcc and scc, if not treated, can cause significant local tissue/skin disfiguring destruction.

In brief: Spreading

The worst scenario would be the cancer spreading to distant sites/vital organs, and causing death.
That would happen to 25% of melanoma patients. For persons had other kind of cancers like basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma, they might have a lesser chance of death, say 1/1000 or less. But bcc and scc, if not treated, can cause significant local tissue/skin disfiguring destruction.
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Hard to know

Your phrasing makes the ? Difficult.
Most likely you refer to melanomas, which often look like a dark mole. Technically, a mole has no cancer, and so won't ever spread. Melanomas will eventually spread and become life threatening, although how quickly that happens is varies widely. Some spread early by growing deep quickly, others may grow much more slowly. Best wishes.

In brief: Hard to know

Your phrasing makes the ? Difficult.
Most likely you refer to melanomas, which often look like a dark mole. Technically, a mole has no cancer, and so won't ever spread. Melanomas will eventually spread and become life threatening, although how quickly that happens is varies widely. Some spread early by growing deep quickly, others may grow much more slowly. Best wishes.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Progress

It will progress and possibly travel to distant locations in your body and create new tumors.

In brief: Progress

It will progress and possibly travel to distant locations in your body and create new tumors.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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