Features Of Melanoma

The type of skin cancer that originates from the melanin-producing cells (melanocytes) is called melanoma. It is the most malignant type of skin cancer, and it can also develop in the eyes, intestines, and other internal organs. If your mole becomes asymmetrical, the borders become irregular, and if the color changes, then consult a dermatologist immediately.

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I have a mole on my belly which I worry could be a melanoma. Does it appear so?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 33-year-old male. I have a mole on my belly that is darker than the others (almost black in the middle), and I wonder if it is still just a regular (or atypical) mole and nothing to worry about or if it could be something worse (melanoma). I am attaching three images in different ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed the clinical photographs attached to the query (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is a melanocytic nevus which is basically tan brown macules with increased melanocytic activity. One should always look for the following changes in a me...  Read Full »

I picked an unusual-looking mole on my breast. Will this alter the biopsy result?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an unusual-looking mole on my breast for at least eight years. I showed it to a dermatologist as I was not happy with its appearance; it has an irregular border, several colors, and is asymmetric. I was told it is likely to be atypical, and I am going to have a biopsy this week. I k...  Read Full »


Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and will definitely help you regarding it. I have assessed the attached images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Melanoma is a mole that has turned bad and changes its shape, size, or color. Did you notice any of the...  Read Full »

The mole on my arm has two different brown shades. Give me your opinion please.

Query: Hi doctor,I have got a mole on my arm that measures 5 mm and is flat. I have always had this mole. I have not noticed it changing and it has not bled or itched. I am a bit concerned though that it has two different brown shades in it and would like your opinion on it, please.  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your case (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, I have seen few important things. It is irregular in shape (do not know whether it is in this shape from the beginning), which is not a good sign in my opinion. Secondly, there is a...  Read Full »

I have a mole in my lower back. Is it normal, or should I consult a dermatologist?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a mole and I would like to have a dermatologist to look at it. It is on my lower back. Is it normal? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I have gone through your case. The only way we can comment is by comparing previous pictures. It is also suggested that patients take pictures, keep them in the record, and compare them monthly. I think this mole has two zones of color: th...  Read Full »

Is a pink mole normal?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a question regarding a mole. I just had my hair cut and noticed a mole on the back of my neck near my scalp. I might have had it for a while and did not know about it. Most of my moles are brown and auburn. But, this one is pink. I am wondering whether this is normal. My concern is ...  Read Full »


Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it does not look cancerous. Yes, it has a skin tag-type appearance. But, I can give you a confirmatory answer that it is not melanoma because only skin biopsy is the tool that can give you a defi...  Read Full »

Is this growing spot on my face a young melanoma?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently had a melanoma in situ removed from my left middle finger knuckle. This has caused us to look more closely at other areas on the body. There is a small spot that was not there four months ago under my left eye. I started seeing it in photos after that faintly. It is now more...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw your clinical pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). In your recent picture, the lesion looks like seborrheic keratosis (harmless), it looks rough and raised. I cannot confirm what it is with this picture. I am sorry dear, the picture become...  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 »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

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 »

I had a pink spot growing over the course of six days. Can it be nodular melanoma?

Query: Hello doctor, I am worried about nodular melanoma. I had a pink spot growing quickly over the course of just six days, which appeared last week, and I had it excised yesterday. It was slightly elevated and had dotted vessels as far as I could tell from my pictures. Two years ago, I had a Spitz nevus...  Read Full »


Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1) Is the lesion itchy or has a tingling sensation? 2) Does it burn? 3) Is it painful or a painless lesion? 4) Are the lesions tender on touch? 5) Do you have any fever? 6) Do you have a family history of skin cancer? 7) How many similar lesions are there? 8) ...  Read Full »

I squeezed my seven year old mole a lot. Will it transform into melanoma?

Query: Hello doctor, I am scared and going through a panic attack. I have had a mole on the side of my body for the last seven years, and I have become obsessed with it. It measures around 4 mm. I play with it a lot and squeeze it all day to make sure it is the same color. This results in irritation in th...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I have gone through the pictures you shared (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The mole looks benign throughout the series of pictures. So no need to worry. However, if you notice any sudden increase in size, bleedi...  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 »


Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

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 »

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