Dysplastic mole or dysplastic nevus or atypical moles are moles that exhibit some characteristics of malignant melanoma under the microscope. It is commonly seen in faired-skin people and those with high sun exposure. These moles are more or equal to 6 mm, can vary in color, have irregular borders, and have a pebbled texture.
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My 21-year-old daughter has had three mildly dysplastic moles. Is it serious?
Query: Hi doctor, My 21-year-old daughter has had three dysplastic moles. They are mildly dysplastic. In the interim between having her yearly body check and going in for stitch removal, she was picking at what she thought was a small pimple or ingrown hair on her hip. She could not really see it, so after... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your case in detail and saw the picture (attachments are hidden to protect the patient's identity). It is good that you have already got the FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization) test done, as one should be very careful in case of dysplastic moles.... Read Full »
Should I be worried about a mole with a large circular area?
Query: Hi doctor, Today I noticed two moles on my back with large dark circles around them. I have attached the photos of one affected area only. I have always had these moles, but have never seen these dark circles until today. I have had biopsies of moles from my back before and they were not cancerous. ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Definitely this mole with the large circular area is suspicious. There is a high chance that this mole could be cancerous. I would suggest you to get a biopsy done as this is a doubtful mole. Any acute change in size, texture, margins and color of a mole is a... Read Full »
I have a raised patch on my skin. Could you please give me an opinion?
Query: Hello doctor, I am having a hard time getting an appointment with a dermatologist. I have a patch on my skin that is slightly raised. The doctor I consulted earlier did not have many answers. Could you please give me your opinion? Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing in, and I understand your concern. Would you please answer my questions. When did it appear? Is it itchy? Is it painful? Do you have any history of an insect bite? Is there any excess scratching and rubbing? And lastly, are you diabetic? Thank ... Read Full »
I had a mole removed which had a darker dot. Was it a melanoma?
Query: Hi doctor, I had a mole removed yesterday from my leg, and I am very worried despite my dermatologist saying she did not think it was melanoma. She said she knew I would stare at it constantly and worry and that taking an atypical mole off here and there was alright and saved a lot of anxiety. She k... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Clinically, it does not look like melanoma, but it is good that your dermatologist did a biopsy. So, the result will show us if it is a melanoma or not. It may most likely be a dysplastic nevus. I am... Read Full »
A spot appeared on my hand recently. Does it look like a melanoma?
Query: Hello doctor,I have a history of melanoma. This spot appeared on my hand this month. I am worried it could be acral lentiginous melanoma. Does it look like it needs to be biopsied? I had a wide excision of melanoma on the other hand on the middle left knuckle. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is a very small papular lesion at present. It does not need a biopsy at present. But you might need biopsy if there is: 1. Change in color and irregular surface. 2. Increase in the... Read Full »
Why are my moles fading in color and size over the past couple of months?
Query: Hello doctor, I have several moles that have been fading in color and size, with some becoming flat over months or maybe a couple of years. Recently, I have noticed how much the color has lessened over time. Some moles have less pigmentation around the edge but are not stark halos. This seems to be... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It is acne rosacea with macular pigmentation. Do you have any aggravating factors like stress, spicy foods, alcohol, or hot beverages? Is there a history of photosensitivity, burning on exposure to the sun, prolonged exposure to the sun, ... Read Full »
Someone I know has new moles on the scalp after surgery for basal cell carcinoma. Can you please help?
Query: Hi doctor, I need an assessment for suspected moles in a person who had basal cell carcinoma and is removed by excision. After a month, a red spot was seen beside the excision area. First, it was flat and red, later turning to light pink and swelling. The two moles are on the scalp. It was smaller i... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It could be a recurrence of basal cell carcinoma as margins may not have been excised. Therefore, it needs examination with dermoscopy to make a definitive diagnosis. If moles change in size and color or spread, that means it is becoming malignant. Therefore, ... Read Full »
Do tanning beds increase the risk of melanoma?
Query: Hi doctor, From when I was 17 years old I have used tanning beds on and off up until I was 22. I was not aware of the risks. Through the internet I learnt about the risks. I got to know that it is inevitable and that will develop melanoma at some point. Do most people who use tanning beds end up wit... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is not necessary that everyone who uses a tanning bed will develop melanoma. It varies from person to person depending on the risk factors. Not everyone who uses a tanning bed develops melanoma. Moreover, you do not seem to have any risk factors and all your mol... Read Full »
Please give your opinion on the moles on my back.
Query: Hi doctor, I have some moles on my back and that in my opinion look suspicious. What do you think? Please clarify. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please send the photographs to get a better opinion. Thank you. Revert back with the photos to a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist Read Full »
Should I be worried about a red mole?
Query: Hi doctor, Could you please take a look at this mole? I had it for ages and it has not changed, but it always bothers me. It is more of a reddish color than brown and I have a couple of them. I visited a dermatologist and she said it as fine. I was just wondering for the tiny dots in the mole? I th... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I appreciate that you are so aware and concerned. I went through the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and I find them completely harmless for now. ABCDE signs are not absolute, but relative. By that I mean to say, any change in color, symmet... Read Full »