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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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 »

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 »

Why has one of my moles raised?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a couple of moles that have changed recently. Should I get them checked by my GP? The larger round mole is about 5 mm in diameter on my back. Now, it is a little over 1 cm. Also, it has changed over a few months. The other mole that I noticed recently is raised, while the rest is fl...  Read Full »


Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, raised mole is suspicious. But, frankly speaking, by seeing just photos or even seeing live, it is challenging to say whether it has cancerous probability or not. The best thing is to get it checked and get a definite result. An excision biopsy is the best wa...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have brown patches on the vulva?

Query: Hi doctor, I have brown patches around my vulva. They have been there as far as I can remember. But my new partner has brought them to my attention. Is this normal?  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. If the patches have been there for as long as you remember and have not been growing in size or not spreading as satellites to the adjacent area, they are pigmentation likely since birth and similar to naevus on skin. However, if it has been...  Read Full »

How to confirm melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a mole on the right side of my face. It is uneven, weirdly colored, has no clear lines and bleed easily if scratched. I have a lot of moles in my scalp but none like this. Could it be melanoma? If it is not then can I just scratch it off? I wish to know your opinion.  Read Full »


Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As per experience only two skin diseases looks like this. The first one is of course melanoma and the second is seborrheic keratosis. The main signs and symptoms of melanoma are ...  Read Full »

I have black spots that look like warts behind my penis. What is the cause?

Query: Hi doctor,I have some black spots and it looks like warts behind my penis. I have a big spot of 2 mm on the surface. There are few spots of three or four numbers on the skin. It also remains black. One of the black spots bled last week. After a week, I started to have itchiness and a burning sensati...  Read Full »


Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please mention whether you had a fever, any history of herpes or diabetes, and when it appeared. Please mention whether you had excess scratching and rubbing of lesions. Please mention whether you had chronic friction. Kindly answer the questions for details.   Read Full »

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