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When should you have a mole inspected?
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In brief: At least yearly
Board certified dermatologists are experts in diagnnosis and treatment of all disorders of the hair skin and nails.
Their extennsive training allows them to evaluate moles and to determine if they are suspicious and need removal. Currently melanoma accounts for many deaths every year. If melanoma is found early it can be treated , if found late it can be deadly. Early detection is the key.

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In brief: At least yearly
Board certified dermatologists are experts in diagnnosis and treatment of all disorders of the hair skin and nails.
Their extennsive training allows them to evaluate moles and to determine if they are suspicious and need removal. Currently melanoma accounts for many deaths every year. If melanoma is found early it can be treated , if found late it can be deadly. Early detection is the key. Connect with a doctor for a more personalized answer ›
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Dr. J. Morgan O'Donoghue
Dermatology , 17 years in practice
Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine
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In brief: ABCDE
The features of a worrisome mole are: assymetry (does one half look the same as the other), borders (irregular is more worrisome), color (changing colors or different colors in the same mole), diameter (>4-5 mm, the size of a pencil eraser), evolution (is it changing?).

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The features of a worrisome mole are: assymetry (does one half look the same as the other), borders (irregular is more worrisome), color (changing colors or different colors in the same mole), diameter (>4-5 mm, the size of a pencil eraser), evolution (is it changing?). Would you like to talk to a doctor now? ›
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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine , 11 years in practice
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology
In brief: If it has changed!
If you are concerned about a mole have it checked by a dermatologist.
Especially if you have a family history of melanoma or have a had severe sunburns in the past. He/she will check your skin head/toe and educate you as to what to look for (abcde's). You can also get a free skin check in your community check the skin cancer foundation website. There is also lots of useful info on the web site.

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In brief: If it has changed!
If you are concerned about a mole have it checked by a dermatologist.
Especially if you have a family history of melanoma or have a had severe sunburns in the past. He/she will check your skin head/toe and educate you as to what to look for (abcde's). You can also get a free skin check in your community check the skin cancer foundation website. There is also lots of useful info on the web site. Get personalized help from a doctor ›
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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
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