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What does it mean when a small area of a mole that i've at for at least 3 turns slightly darker?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
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In brief: Can not tell

Most moles are normal, but moles can change over time.
Moles larger than 6 mm in diameter, with an irregular border, which are asymmetrical, and changing should be checked. Comparison photos are available on aad.Org website.

In brief: Can not tell

Most moles are normal, but moles can change over time.
Moles larger than 6 mm in diameter, with an irregular border, which are asymmetrical, and changing should be checked. Comparison photos are available on aad.Org website.
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Paul Cohen
It means you go see Dr. Westfried(or your local equivalent) and have it looked at! Tell tale signs of problem lesions are usually a new itch, if a lesion bleeds, or gets multiple colors. If a lesion grows outward from the body(exophytic) it is usually benign.
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Have it checked. The ABCDE'S that are used to alert us that a mole might we worrisome are helpful in identifying early moles (nevi) that may be transforming. If the mole became darker but uniformly it is less worrisome that if parts of it changed.
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology

In brief: Have it checked!

If you are worried have it checked.
See a board certified dermatologist and get it looked at. Most moles evolve (in color and size) and this can occur during puberty, pregnancy or other conditions where there is hormone changes. However, some people are at a higher risk (skin color, history of sunburns, family history of melanoma, dysplastic nevus syndrome). Go to website www.Skincancer.Org.

In brief: Have it checked!

If you are worried have it checked.
See a board certified dermatologist and get it looked at. Most moles evolve (in color and size) and this can occur during puberty, pregnancy or other conditions where there is hormone changes. However, some people are at a higher risk (skin color, history of sunburns, family history of melanoma, dysplastic nevus syndrome). Go to website www.Skincancer.Org.
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
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